Did the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres say too much or not enough? When asked on 18 September about the resources available to the M23 rebel group, Guterres compared it to a “modern army, with heavy equipment that is more sophisticated than that of Monusco”.
However, he refused to take a position regarding Rwandan support for the armed group, saying only “[the M23 rebels] were not born in the forest [and that they came] from somewhere”.
Was Kinshasa disappointed?
“This doesn’t exactly come as a surprise,” says one Congolese diplomat. “The UN has been saying this for several months.” One of Félix Tshisekedi’s ministers adds: “It is an admission of impotence from the UN.”