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An Eye on Africa - July 29th
Long called The Dark Continent, the nations which dot Africa are climbing to greater significance on the world stage. Some of the nations impact the world in economic equations as well suck Western powers into conflicts which can have global impact. The African nations offer a ready market to such economic powerhouses as China and the US of A.
Rwanda: Rwanda has issued a response to a U.N. Group of Experts report linking Kigali to a rebellion in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Speaking at a forum in Nairobi Saturday, Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said the case against Rwanda is superficial, and her country questions the report's standards of proof.
Mushikiwabo says her country submitted a counter-argument to the U.N. Security Council Friday in response to the report accusing Rwanda of supporting the M23 mutiny in DRC.
“We have had three days of discussions with the Group of Experts," she said. "We went through every single allegation. Every single one of them. We have given our explanation, we have provided supporting documents to a number of false allegations, what they do with it, we don't know.”
Mushikawabo admitted she did not think the report would necessarily change the minds of the Group of Experts, but said it was important for Rwanda to address these issues.
Ethiopia: Ethiopia's government says that federal security forces have stopped a clash between two tribes in the country's south after fighting killed nearly two dozen people.
Mesfin Assefa, an official in the Oromia region, said Sunday that federal and local forces restored order and that fighting has stopped. Fighting between the Borana and Garri tribes has broken out over the last week.
Local authorities say about two dozen people were killed, including two police, after fighting started Wednesday. More people were injured when thousands fled to Kenya. Armed men also set ablaze a number of houses.
Congo: Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila has accused neighboring Rwanda of backing rebels hostile to his government, saying it was an "open secret" that Kigali was meddling in Congo's volatile eastern borderlands.
Kigali has repeatedly rejected the allegations and accused the report's authors of failing to verify their information or consult Rwandan authorities.
Kabila commented for the first time on the growing row between the two uneasy neighbors during a rare news conference broadcast on state television on Saturday night.
"As for the involvement of Rwanda...It's an open secret. You know, the whole world knows. There is a report that effectively establishes the presence and active backing from this country to the M23 and to other armed groups," Kabila said.
The president said his government had also requested an explanation from another eastern neighbor, Uganda, of persistent rumors that its soldiers were involved in the fighting.
"The ministry of foreign affairs has specifically asked the Ugandans what is going on and the response is that the Ugandans have nothing to do with it," he said.
Ivory Coast: The Ivory Coast president says military intervention in Mali is "inevitable" within weeks, if there's no quick change in the West African country where Islamist extremists rule the north.
Alassane Ouattara said in an interview published Sunday in the French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche the intervention force would likely include soldiers from Niger, Nigeria and perhaps countries such as Chad _ with logistical help from France and the United States. He defined logistical help as material support and counselors but added that combat aircraft are needed.
Ouattara heads the West African regional bloc ECOWAS which secured Mali's consent for an intervention at a meeting last week in Ivory Coast.
From the Cornfield, the ongoing upheavals in Africa are drawing the US in to more and more operations on the ground. One spark, one flare-up could find the find the US embroiled in yet another needless war.