Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire)
December 3, 2007:
Rebels commanded by Laurent Nkunda have taken the eastern town of
Nyanzale and driven out the army garrison. Reinforcements are being rushed in.
The U.S. is trying to work out an agreement between
the government and rebel leader Laurent Nkunda. The US wants Nkunda to agree to
surrender his militia then "go into exile." The Congo government would be able
to call this a political and military victory. Nkunda would essentially be
guaranteed he would not be prosecuted for war crimes or arrest by the Congolese
government. Undoubtedly, Nkunda's exile would be "very comfortable." The
problem is Nkunda has had similar offers dangled before and always rejected
November 28, 2007: Fifteen militiamen, who were
fighting as part of General Laurent Nkunda's rebel forces, surrendered to UN peacekeepers in North Kivu province.
November 25, 2007: Laurent Nkunda's still has at least 4,000 militiamen
under arms. Nkunda has the support of many Congolese Tutsis who live in the
eastern Congo. The UN has between 4000 and 5000 troops in the eastern Congo. The UN forces support and train approximately 20,000 Congolese Army troops.
Nkunda says he is protecting Congolese Tutsis from Rwandan Hutus in the FDLR.