The Devastating Crisis in Eastern Congo: John Prendergast's Testimony on the Hill

From Enough blogs Thu Dec 13 2012, 10:56:47

Weeks after M23's takeover of Goma, the Democratic Republic of Congo faces a humanitarian and political crisis. On Tuesday, December 11, John Prendergast spoke before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights on the cycles of conflict in Congo and flawed peace process. Other expert witnesses included Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Johnnie Carson, Steve Hege, and Mvemba Dizolele.

Prendergast discussed the need for a solution that encompasses both the underlying economic and political concerns. "A political framework for Congo must be agreed upon that restores public confidence and brings back the viability of the Congolese state, while ensuring that further rebellion does not ensue," Prendergast said. As a result, he recommended that the U.S. take the following actions to support peace in the Congo:

Appoint a presidential envoy

Call for a U.N. envoy to the Great Lakes

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