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Tshisekedi Points Finger at International Community for Eastern DRC Crisis

In an interview with French newspaper Le Monde, Democratic Republic of Congo President Félix Tshisekedi has placed blame squarely on the international community for the escalating insecurity in the eastern part of his country. 

Tensions have reached a boiling point as rebel forces, notably the M23 fighters, have seized territories while the Congolese army (FARDC) struggles to contain the unrest, alleging support from neighboring Rwanda.

Expressing disappointment with what he perceives as inadequate action from the international community, Tshisekedi criticized the lack of meaningful intervention to address the crisis. 

He accused the international community of turning a blind eye to Rwanda’s alleged involvement and failing to impose sanctions on the country, thereby exacerbating the situation.

“I just remembered that Rwanda was not solely responsible for the misfortunes of the Congo [the international community too],” Tshisekedi emphasized, highlighting the shared culpability in the ongoing unrest.

Despite provocations and alleged interference from Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Tshisekedi stated that he had chosen a diplomatic approach in pursuit of a peaceful resolution. 

However, he issued a stern warning that if diplomatic efforts failed to yield concrete results, the DRC would not hesitate to respond to provocations using all available means.

“This is the last chance route, beyond which we will respond to skirmishes, because we have the means,” cautioned Tshisekedi, underscoring the gravity of the situation and the DRC’s readiness to defend its sovereignty.

Source: DRC News Today

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