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When MONUC agrees to work after 17 p.m., things will be better!

(B2) It's difficult tohave a clear view of the situation in the DRC (formerly Zaire)”.

Reports " contradict each other from one day to the next explains this European diplomat. What " does not really help the Member States to decide to intervene ". Especially since the impression that MONUC is not really efficient on the ground, and that it must, above all, be restructured, is corroborated by what comes back from the field and the visits of European officials on site.

Witness this statement from a high-ranking European official visiting Goma whom I questioned about the work of MONUC. “Let’s stop talking nonsense. Indian MONUC troops should already agree to work after 17 p.m. he tells a supporting anecdote. And to continue: “They are extremely well paid people – in one month they earn as much as in a year at home. But they don't want to take any risks. The population is not reassured by the presence. When people are reported to have been attacked, MONUC personnel drive past without stopping. This reminds me of Rwanda (in 1994) when UN personnel passed 50 meters from the genocidaires, where the crimes were being committed, without stopping.... "

After several days of procrastination, the Europeans still do not seem ready to respond positively to the request from Ban Ki Moon, the UN Secretary General, asking for the creation of an interim multinational force complementary to MONUC. Nicolas Sarkozy's remarks at the end of the European summit on December 12 seem to reflect the general feeling. Within the 27 the blockage is simple. The States (United Kingdom, Germany, etc.) which do not want European intervention, defend the reinforcement of MONUC. However, those who would be able to come and strengthen MONUC do not want to do so for various reasons: internal (Belgian, Dutch), international (French)…



Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).