Kagame: No issue with UN drones in DRC

2013-01-21 15:20

Kigali - Rwandan President Paul Kagame says he has no problem with a United Nations plan to use surveillance drones in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kagame told a news conference on Monday that if the UN thinks the drones will help achieve peace, then "let them do it". He added that he doesn't think Rwanda has the power to stop such a UN deployment.

Earlier in January, the UN officials outlined their case to the Security Council for using surveillance drones in DRC but ran into opposition from Rwanda's the UN ambassador, who expressed reservations.

Kagame reiterated denials that Rwanda is helping M23 rebels in DRC, as a UN report has accused Rwanda of doing. Kagame also said he thinks an African peacekeeping force deployed to DRC would achieve better results than the UN force now there.