Warring Party

BERLIN/KIGALI/GOMA | | ruandakongo-kinshasa

BERLIN/KIGALI/GOMA (Own report) - In spite of the escalating war in the Congo, Berlin is intensifying its support for one of the warring parties. For several weeks already, militias have been launching bloody attacks all over eastern Congo, causing hundreds of thousands to flee the region. The militia's leader, a notorious war criminal, is a partisan of Rwanda's government and the Rwandan army is poised to intervene on his behalf. After having negotiated military aid to Rwanda last April, the German government is stepping up its cooperation with the Kigali government. New finances have recently been allocated - only a few days after Rwanda's partisan in the Congo announced a putsch. These rebellions are prolonging a war that, on a world scale, has been the bloodiest in the past decades, with Germany having abetted the same party from the very beginning: its former colony Rwanda. Rwanda has been seeking control over the resource rich eastern Congo. This must be seen in the context of the strategic premises of the German-US Africa policy, envisaging close cooperation with Kigali. more…

BERLIN/KHARTOUM/KIGALI | | ruandasudanfrankreich

BERLIN/KHARTOUM/KIGALI (Own report) - With new initiatives, Berlin is reinforcing its intervention in Sudan. While sending German police officers to Darfur on mission, and to Africa for preparation training, the German government is preparing new military projects with Rwanda for this west Sudanese region engulfed in civil war. This was reported by the press in Kigali. The German plans are accompanying parallel US activities. The United States is using its military partner Rwanda for the containment of Islamic forces in Africa and therefore is training and arming Rwandan troops. Ethiopia is joining the Transatlantic front by dispatching troops to Darfur. The loser is France, whose attempt to shore up its own influence in this East African zone of conflict through an EU intervention in Chad is doomed to failure. According to high-ranking French officers, there will probably be no prolongation of the mission. Testimony from those involved suggest that a French "aid organization's" kidnapping of Chadian children was part of the power struggle between Berlin and Paris for predominance in determining the Africa policy of the EU. more…

State Visit

BERLIN/KIGALI | | ruanda

BERLIN/KIGALI (Own report) - The German government has announced that it will establish military relations with one of Africa's most controversial military regimes. According to the announcement Defense Minister Franz-Josef Jung will have talks on German activities in Africa with Rwanda's President Paul Kagame, during his visit to Berlin, which began April 22. The discussions will also include future military cooperation. They have a special significance because the leading members of the Rwandan military elite are accused of having been involved in serious war crimes. Investigations carried out in two EU nations have led to indictments, pertaining to gruesome massacres during putsch attempts in Rwanda as well as military invasions into the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, costing the lives of more than a million people. Among those being accused is the second in command of the UN/AU troops in Darfur that have been stationed in Sudan at the insistence of Western governments, including Germany. Paul Kagame has been exempted from indictment because he enjoys immunity as president. He will be received with military honors by German President Horst Koehler. Human rights organizations had raised grave accusations of torture and extra-legal executions and other crimes against Kagame and his government already at the time Koehler visited Rwanda in February. more…

BERLIN/KIGALI | | ruanda

BERLIN/KIGALI (Own report) - German President Horst Koehler will arrive on a state visit in Kigali on February 6 in spite of serious accusations raised against the Rwandan government. According to human rights organizations, "torture, extra-judicial executions and long imprisonment without trial" are commonplace in this Central African country. The government "denounces and persecutes mercilessly every form of opposition," church aid organizations wrote in a letter to the German President. Attempts to found organizations independent of the government are obstructed until the efforts end in "self-abandonment," writes the Institute of African Affairs (IAA), Hamburg, classifying Rwanda an "autocracy". In 2001, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development upgraded Rwanda to make it its "focal partner" and is providing a particularly high per capita support from its budget. Germany is also furnishing direct aid to Rwanda's police and judiciary. Kigali, which is principally responsible for the grueling war in East Congo, has a large contingent of soldiers standing ready for interventions against the Islamist government in Sudan. Rwanda is serving Berlin's strategic interests. more…

GOMA/KIGALI/BERLIN | | kongo-kinshasaruanda

GOMA/KIGALI/BERLIN (Own report) - Just one year after the deployment of German military in the Congo, Germany's close partner, Rwanda, is again involved in a military conflict with that country. With a militia of irregulars, Rwanda, one of the main recipients of so called German development aid, is involved in the power struggle in East Congo, a region rich in natural resources. Rwanda is supporting Congolese irregular troops, who have taken control of several regions rich in natural resources and refuse to demobilize. According to human rights organizations, they are recruiting large numbers of children and are using rape as a means of warfare. Nkunda's militia, accused of severe human rights violations, has close ties to Rwanda. Berlin nevertheless is expanding its aid to Rwanda. At the same time, a German enterprise announced its plans to resume the extraction of precious metals in the eastern Congolese war zone. This enterprise's activities in that region came under heavy criticism of the UN Security Council last year. The Security Council also criticized the German government's involvement in this affair, particularly concerning the activities of internationally wanted war criminals. This scandalous affair follows the logic of German policy in Central Africa: To secure its influence, Berlin is using its former colony Rwanda. more…

They Are Ready

KINSHASA/KIGALI/BERLIN | | kongo-kinshasaruanda

KINSHASA/KIGALI/BERLIN (Own report) - On the eve of the deployment of German troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo, suspected war criminals threaten to prevent elections by unleashing a new conflict. On several occasions over the past few years, these militias found sanctuary on the premises of a German controlled company in East Congo. Although the German government could have exerted influence on this company, it chose to not intervene against the militia. These same militias have been taking part in the civil war in East Congo since the mid-1990's and were seeking to have the Kivu provinces annexed to neighboring Rwanda. Rwanda is a former German Colony. In spite of harsh UN criticism, a German network of enterprises contributed in financing this war of secession, without official German intervention. Dr Helmut Strizek, an expert on Africa and a former member of the staff of the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, confirms, in a talk with german-foreign-policy.com, that "The German SPD-Green coalition government approved the secession of the Kivu provinces from Congo". He describes as "strange," the activities of the parliamentarian Uschi Eid, in the Congo. The main beneficiary of Germany's East Congo policy is the military government of Germany's former colony, Rwanda. The president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, is a member of the old colonial aristocracy and, since taking office in 1994, has been Berlin's close partner. During the forthcoming military expedition, Germany has several foreign policy options for imposing its dominance. more…

Helmut Strizek | BERLIN | | ruandakongo-kinshasa
(Helmut Strizek)

BERLIN german-foreign-policy.com was talking with Dr. Helmut Strizek concerning German policy toward Rwanda and Rwandan influence in the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Strizek had worked in Rwanda and Burundi for many years, was periodically in charge of project management concerning both countries in the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and has published several books on these two nations. more…