Broken Record

Dougherty, Carter
July 2003
New Republic;7/21/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 3, p10
Discusses the intervention of a French rapid-reaction force, with support from the United Nations (UN) Security Council, in Bunia city and the war-torn province of Ituri in Congo. Description of how the French peacekeepers secured the war zone; Discussion of why the UN Bunia plan is destined for failure; Background on the ethnic conflict between the minority Hema and majority Lendu; View that the UN should have intervened earlier to prevent massacres by the militias; Issue of interventions operating under Chapter Six of the UN Charter and not offering protection to civilians; Indication that the French are operating under Chapter Seven; Outlook for the Hema militia, the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC), to resume fighting because the French demilitarized Bunia, but did not disarm the militias; Effort of the UN to create a provisional government; Assertion that the flow of weapons into the province must be stopped before peaceful political process can begin.


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