Central African Republic appeals for French help against rebels, Paris balks

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AZreb wrote:

Sure wish we would follow the lead of France and let these African and other countries solve their own problems. Instead, we have Special Forces and are now sending more troops to Africa – another “war” that we will be fighting?

Dec 27, 2012 8:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
mahan99 wrote:

“We are asking our cousins the French and the United States”….any African leader that begins a sentence this way is truly out of touch with reality. I do not know enough about CAR to say what is right for its future but the current leadership seemed hopelessly out of touch.

Dec 27, 2012 11:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
DeanMJackson wrote:

Since the “rebels” are creations of the United States in its quest to push China out of Africa (China is attempting to corner the market on strategic minerals and obtain new oil sources), President Francois Bozize is trying to shame the United States and France into action.

Notice the abysmal economic condition CAR has been in since independence. That’s because the West wanted it that way. Can’t have a resource rich nation such as CAR competing with Western conglomerates in the same area of commerce.

In fact, America’s allies neighboring CAR, Uganda and Rwanda, are actively commanding and supporting the “rebels” in CAR:

“New York – Rwanda’s defence minister is commanding a rebellion in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that is being armed by Rwanda and Uganda, both of which sent troops to aid the insurgency in a deadly attack on UN peacekeepers, according to a United Nations report.

The UN Security Council’s Group of Experts said in a confidential report that Rwanda and Uganda – despite their strong denials – continued to support M23 rebels in their six-month fight against Congolese government troops in North Kivu province.

“Both Rwanda and Uganda have been supporting M23,” said the 44-page report, which was seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

“While Rwandan officials coordinated the creation of the rebel movement as well as its major military operations, Uganda’s more subtle support to M23 allowed the rebel group’s political branch to operate from within Kampala and boost its external relations,” it said.

Bosco Ntaganda, a former Congolese general wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, controls the rebellion on the ground and M23 leader Sultani Makenga is in charge of operations and coordination with allied armed groups, the UN report said.

Both Ntaganda and Makenga “receive direct military orders from RDF (Rwandan army) Chief of Defense staff General Charles Kayonga, who in turn acts on instructions from Minister of Defence General James Kabarebe”, it said.” — News24, ‘Rwanda, Uganda arming DRC rebels – UN’

Dec 27, 2012 6:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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