Kagame: If U.N. thinks Drones Can Bring Peace in DRC, ‘let them do it’

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On 21 January 2013 saa 11:44
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President Paul Kagame told Press that he had no problem with the use surveillance drones in neighboring DR-Congo as proposed by the United Nations.

“If the U.N. thinks drones will help achieve peace, then "let them do it."
Kagame added that he doesn’t think Rwanda has the power to stop such a U.N. deployment.

Earlier in January, the U.N. outlined its case to the Security Council to use surveillance drones in Congo for the first time but ran into opposition from Rwanda’s U.N. ambassador, who expressed reservations over the plan.

The president also said he thinks an African peacekeeping force deployed to DR-Congo would achieve better results than the U.N. force now there.

“That force, known as MONUSCO, has more than 17,700 U.N. peacekeepers and over 1,400 international police, but it was unable to contain violence between M23 rebels and the Congolese army that broke out late last year.”

"The bigger problem in DRC has not been identified and they prefer to see Rwanda as the problem. Even the Congolese themselves, if they continue to see Rwanda as the problem, then this situation is not heading anywhere," Kagame said.

He said the bigger problems in Congo have to do with governance and internal strife.