“We’ve seen a credible body of reporting that the Rwandan government has been supportive of the M23. That has to stop. We also are concerned about any support given by any other government for the FDLR… So it’s not just one side. We are telling all sides that you must stop support for these armed groups, ” US Special Representative to the Great Lakes of Africa, Former US Senator Russ Feingold told the US based media ABC News.
Russ Feingold added that, in terms of human lives lost, the humanitarian crisis in Eastern DRC is one of the greatest tragedies in the Wold, and must be resolved. He said that he, along with other Special envoys to the region, is working with the presidents in the region, and at times eating with them, to convince them to help resolve the crisis.
“So you go to Kinshasa in Congo, you go to Kigali in Rwanda, you go to Kampala and you eat with President Museveni,” he said.
Other Special Envoys include: the UN Special Envoy to the Great Lakes, Mary Robinson, the Special Representative of the African Union, Boubacar Diarra, and the Principal Coordinator of the European Union for the Great Lakes Region, Koen Vervaeke.
Russ Feingold also underlined the fact that if the conflict is not resolved, the situation may fester and invite into the region those bent on provoking the chaos around the World.
According to Russ Feingold, the World Bank has pledged more than 1 billion dollars of he reconstruction, after the conflict.
On Tuesday June 18, 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry appointed Russell “Russ” Feingold as the new United States Special Representative for the African Great Lakes region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Known as a tireless advocate of peace in the African Great Lakes region in the US Senate, he chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs from 2001 to 2003 and 2007 to 2011.
US Secretary of State John Kerry assigned to Russ Feingold the mission to disarm M23 rebels and push for political negotiations elsewhere (see US Special Representative for the African Great Lakes region To Focus on M23 Rebels and Rwandan Government Negotiation with Moderate Armed Opposition).
So far, Russ Feingold has not unveiled a concrete approach on how he may ask the Rwandan and Ugandan leaders, General Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni, to engage into peace negotiations with their respective armed rebellions, similar to those on-going between DRC President Joseph Kabila and the M23 rebels.
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