Peace talks are useless when parties involved don’t stick to terms

Editor,Far be it from me to throw cold water on any effort aimed at finding a peaceful way out of the intra-Congolese conflict. For that to happen, however, it would be necessary to have a government in Kinshasa willing to engage in good faith negotiations with its rebellious former soldiers to resolve long-standing grievances arising from the inexistence of functioning state institutions over a wide swath of territory in the East, and attempts to alienate one component of the national population.

Editor,

Far be it from me to throw cold water on any effort aimed at finding a peaceful way out of the intra-Congolese conflict. For that to happen, however, it would be necessary to have a government in Kinshasa willing to engage in good faith negotiations with its rebellious former soldiers to resolve long-standing grievances arising from the inexistence of functioning state institutions over a wide swath of territory in the East, and attempts to alienate one component of the national population.

Furthermore, in view of past experience, a peace agreement, no matter how well-crafted on paper it looks, is useless unless the parties are willing and politically and militarily strong enough to make it stick. Does anyone believe Kinshasa now fulfills these preconditions?

Mwene Kalinda, Kigali,Rwanda

Reaction to the story, “DRC, M23 peace talks to resume in Kampala”, (Sunday Times, June 9

Have Your SayLeave a comment