Tuesday, December 16, 2008

independence for North Kivu?

Giles Fodden becomes the latest to sound the alarm on Congo. He also proposes a fascinating solution that I've not yet heard from anyone else: an independent state in Eastern Congo. Why, do you ask? Fodden:

In the immediate term, pressure should be put on the Rwandan leadership itself to rein in Nkunda; in the short term, Monuc should be supplemented by a large EU force; in the longer term, as eastern Congo seems ungovernable from Kinshasa, I see no option but the creation of a buffer state on the western shores of Lakes Kivu and Tanganyika. This could be achieved by regional forces with Monuc-EU backup.

Worth looking into, though I'm not at all convinced that the ethnic cleavages or the resource expropriation issues at the heart of the conflict would be solved by a buffer state. Still, Ambassador at Large is always intrigued by the possibility of partition, if done properly, when a country clearly cannot work as constituted. If ever there was a country that can't work as constituted, it's Democratic Republic of Congo.

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