(Xinhua) -- Rwandan officials said
Tuesday FDLR rebels’ continuous spread of the genocide ideology
undermines national peace and security despite the rebels’ weak
military might at the moment.
The FDLR is not a
military threat to Rwanda in term of military might and
capacity, Defense Minister James Kabarebe said before a
parliamentary standing committee to brief lawmakers on state of
national security and territorial integrity.
"But the assessment we have made is that their tactic of
disseminating genocide ideology among Rwandans could be a
major security threat, not only to Rwanda but to the entire
region," Kabarebe said.
The FDLR, he added, has mastered the art of spreading
genocide ideology, a practice some of their top leaders have
done since 1950s.
He noted that the failure of the FDLR to launch a
conventional military action, has rather made them resort to
terrorism acts as well as spreading genocide ideology, which
does not need powerful armory and many troops.
Their tactics or terrorism, he said, requires a few mutineers
to perform such insurgencies, this reflects two things—military
weaknesses while showing their cruel intentions.
Since December 2009 to January 2014, spate of terror attacks
blamed on FDLR and their terrorism partners—Rwanda National
Congress (RNC) -- amounted to about 36 grenade explosions
reported in Rwanda, Kabarebe said.
The insurgencies claimed 21 people and injured 460.
The minister said the terror tactic could be an idea
owned by RNC, using FDLR to execute the mission.
Kabarebe blamed the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR
Congo) for failing to guarantee peace and security to Rwanda
and harboring the FDLR for the past 20 years.
The Jan. 2 deadline given to the FDLR by the International
Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), the Southern
African Development Community (SADC) and the United Nations
Security Council to voluntarily disarm or face military action
The minister expressed frustration that a month after the
deadline passed nothing has been done to disarm them.
Kabarebe, however, pointed out that despite terrorism and
other security threats in the region, posed by FDLR in Rwanda
and 'al-Shabab' in Kenya, Rwanda enjoys unprecedented level of
peace and security.
Congolese President Joseph Kabila has been under much
international pressure to approve plans for a joint military
action by the government army (FARDC) and the UN’s Force
Intervention Brigade, which has an offensive mandate from
the UN Security Council.
FARDC announced late January a fresh offensive against
the Rwandan rebels after weeks of heavy international
pressure to act.
But the announcement was seen as propaganda in Rwanda.
FDLR elements are blamed for taking part in the 1994 genocide
in Rwanda, when more than a million people were killed, mainly
from the Tutsi minority.
Burundi to investigate
alleged extra-judicial killings of captives
BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
Burundi has set up an inquiry commission to
investigate alleged extra-judicial killings of captives who were
captured during a cross-borer attack by unidentified rebels
against the central African nation earlier in January.
Burundian Attorney General Valentin Bagorikunda said in a
press briefing on Friday the inquiry commission will be
available to listen to anyone who would provide "useful
information" about the alleged extra-judicial killings during
the fighting between the army and the rebels.
"We have set up an inquiry commission made up by three
magistrates that will investigate the alleged extra-judicial
killings of gunmen captured during the Cibitoke fighting
that occurred from Dec. 31, 2014 to Jan. 3, 2015," said
Burundian Army Spokesman Colonel Gaspard Baratuza said
earlier that during the four-day fighting between Burundian
soldiers and the rebels arriving from the DR Congo at
Cibitoke province in northwestern Burundi, at least 99
people lost their lives, including 95 rebels, two soldiers
and two civilians.
It is reported that the killings also included some of the
captured rebel combatants.
According to Bagorikunda, the inquiry commission should issue
its report within one month.
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