Pete Jones, in Goma, and David Smith, in Johannesburg, Wednesday 20th June 2012 16:52
The United States has been accused of blocking a UN report which examines claims that Rwanda is fuelling a violent rebellion in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Congolese government said the UN group of experts’ report is being stalled by Rwanda and its allies on the security council to protect President Paul Kagame.
Rwanda vehemently denies that it is sending fighters and weapons across the border. Kagame rebuked Congo and said it should take responsibility.
Claims that Rwanda’s military has been aiding a mutiny in eastern Congo led by the renegade general Bosco Ntaganda have been gathering momentum in recent weeks, with a leaked UN report followed by allegations from Human Rights Watch.
The UN’s group of experts on Congo submitted its latest report to the security council on Monday, but an annex believed to deal with the Rwanda claim was held back and its publication remains uncertain. Lambert Mende, a Congolese government spokesman, blamed Rwanda and its backers, including the US, for the delay. “I think [the report] confirms everything that has been said,” he told Reuters. “I don’t think the Rwandans are at all happy that it should be officially endorsed by the UN.”