Monday, April 10, 2006

MONUC will get a new boost!

So apparently, every once and a while, the UN Security Council does listen to the recommendations of the Secretary General:
Scoop: Security Council Approves UN Troop Redeployment: "Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 8:45 am
Press Release: United Nations
New York, Apr 10 2006

Security Council Approves UN Troop Redeployment From Burundi To Dr Congo

The Security Council today authorized the temporary redeployment of peacekeepers from the Organization's operation in Burundi (ONUB) to its mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) to strengthen security and oversight for the upcoming Congolese elections.

By a unanimous resolution, the Council approved the transfer of up to one infantry battalion, a military hospital and 50 military observers to MONUC, as determined last week by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

In a letter to the Council, Mr. Annan had requested the redeployment for an initial period lasting through the end of 2006. In its action today, the Council authorized the transfer until 1 July, but also expressed the intention to extend it further depending on the future renewal of the mandates of the Burundi and Congo operations."
Somehow it seems as though the foreign powers that have been handling - some even say manipulating - the current process, are facing to the really monstruous task ahead of them, and the logistical improvements they will need to make these elections somewhat of a success. It was about time, really. And I still doubt they have fully grasped the immensity of the potential peril ahead yet. They think Iraq's civil war is a potential catastrophe? Try Rwanda-bis, only on such a large scale as the entire Great Lakes subcontinent, and 300+ ethnic groups instead of 2... Not a pretty picture I assure you. And the so-called International Community needs be aware of this, if they are sincerely there to help. But then again... I wonder...

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