Gabriel Cortina De La Concha
While it is my first time in Rwanda I have closely followed up on the situation within The Great Lakes Region of Africa with a keen interest. This conference has enabled me to better understand the Congo Crisis as it affects this region from a wider context.
My understanding is that there seems to be competing interests in the quest for stability in the region. While progress has been made we still need to do more work. For Rwanda I think that its citizens are busy rebuilding their country after the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. That means that Rwandans should be accorded all the support that they need to do that rather than trying to take them back to the dark days. Seeking peace for the region must be looked at from the lenses of history-50 years and even more .That said ,seeking peace will probably take more time than we are made to imagine.
My impression is that Rwanda is on the right track. What I have learnt from the conference is that there are still questions which need to be answered for those closely interested in the interpretation of the genocide convention. I am talking about that element of genocide as defined by the convention. Closely related to this interpretation is the shift in geo-politics whereby the West is under serious threat by the East. Meaning that Western countries are now feeling the threat from the East. One way of hitting back by the West is cutting back support that is meant to address such issues. Going forward it thus means the new implementation of the convention should come from the East in order to give it new meaning. In the meantime my opinion is that currently with this struggle for new interpretation while geo-politics is undergoing realignment then such efforts aimed at seeking the new interpretation will suffer. That being the case there is need for Africans to seek less dependency from the west.