Susan Rice and the M23 crisis

From Congo Siasa Sat Nov 24 2012, 10:20:00

As the M23 crisis has unfolded in the eastern Congo, the US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has emerged as a holdout within American foreign policy, a sort of minority report to the prevailing criticism of Rwanda and the M23.

The first indication of this emerged in June, when Rice delayed the publication of UN Group of Experts' interim report, insisting that Rwanda be given a chance to see the report first and respond. While these UN investigations are supposed to give the accused the opportunity to respond and explain--the Group says it was refused meetings by the Rwandan government, which Kigali denies--they rarely allow them to see the entire report before publication. In any case, the Group finally did brief a Rwandan delegation in New York in June in New York (unsurprisingly, the Rwandan rejected the report as flawed) and the report was released.

Rice emerged as skeptic within a State Department that had largely accepted Rwanda's role in backing the M23. Both Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson and Special Envoy Barry Walkley have told Kigali explicitly to stop supporting M23. According to sources within the Obama administration, Rice has weighed in during these conversations, even when they do not directly relate to the United Nations.

According to an international NGO that follows Security Council politics closely, "Rice isn't convinced that support is ongoing--maybe [there was some] in the past, but not now." Others point to her skepticism at the UN Group of Experts reports and their methodology.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

People and Organizations:


Topical Focus  » Susan Rice and the M23 crisis

U.S. Africa Experts Debate Obama's Choice for State Department

Against the backdrop of suggestions that President Barack Obama is considering nominating his United Nations ambassador, Susan E. Rice, to serve as his next secretary of state, American scholars and ...



You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Rwanda:   Govt Suspends Import of Poultry From Uganda, Europe (news)
The New Times
18 January 2017

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) has announced new measures intended to prevent outbreak of avian influenza in poultry, commonly known as bird flu in the country. According ... [read more]

Rwanda:   Those Buying From Street Vendors to Be Arrested (news)
The New Times
19 January 2017

The City of Kigali will no longer only target street vendors but also arrest and punish their clients, a move authorities say is intended to contribute effectively to curbing illegal businesses in the ... [read more]

Rwanda:   Calls for Stronger Measures to Check Financial Crimes (news)
The New Times
19 January 2017

The Senate has called on the Government to strengthen measures against emerging financial crimes such as money laundering. The members of the Upper House were Tuesday meeting several public and ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!