Rwanda warned on Monday it will not tolerate attempts to blame it for a rebel insurgency in eastern Congo but vowed to use its two-year U.N. Security Council stint to help put an end to the conflict that has destabilized its much larger neighbour.
"Our role (on Congo) will be positive as it has always been," Olivier Nduhungirehe, Rwanda’s deputy U.N. ambassador, told Reuters adding that Rwanda will continue supporting the peaceful resolution of the conflict."
"We will also support (U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s) efforts in bringing together leaders of the region, in order to address the root causes of the conflict," he said.
But he made clear Kigali would not tolerate any further finger pointing regarding what he said were unfounded charges.
"Rwanda will not be part of and will not support any attempt to continue the blame game initiated by a politicized and discredited Group of Experts," Nduhungirehe said.
Rwanda - along with Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg and South Korea - was elected in October as a temporary member of the 15-nation U.N. Security Council for 2013-14.
The Security Council’s "Group of Experts" has accused Rwanda and Uganda of backing so-called M23 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo in their fight against the Congolese army. Uganda and Rwanda deny the group’s allegations.
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