At UN, Rwanda fights credit to ICC

2013-04-16 10:58
Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda is seen during his first appearance before judges of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. (AFP)

Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda is seen during his first appearance before judges of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. (AFP)

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New York - Rwanda is fighting a behind-the-scenes battle to keep the UN Security Council from suggesting any role for the International Criminal Court in solving conflicts, violence and human rights abuse in Africa.

The Security Council on Monday held a broad general debate over ways that the UN system and other global players can help solve Africa's problems. But diplomats say that Rwanda opposes adoption of a non-binding statement that would recommend that the Hague-based ICC be part of the solution.

Council statements must be adopted by consensus, and it appears Rwanda was willing to block consensus.

Analysts speculate that Rwanda is wary of seeing warlord Bosco Ntaganda possibly testify at the ICC to military deals between the Democratic republic of Congo and Rwanda.

Read more on:    international criminal court  |  un  |  bosco ntaganda  |  rwanda  |  east africa

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