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U.N. Says There Is No Document Charging Rwanda Helped M23 Rebels.

Georgianne Nienaber
Investigative journalist, author, human rights advocate

georgianne_nienaber.jpgCiting what they termed is a "leaked" memo from the U.N. Stabilization Mission in the Congo (MONUSCO), last week the BBC and the New York Times claimed that Rwanda is secretly supporting the M23 rebel movement in eastern Congo. Both media organizations reported that 11 deserters from the M23 showed up at a U.N. base claiming they had been recruited and trained in Rwanda. Neither publication produced an actual memo, nor did they quote sources. The memo was cited around the world as "fact," with no supporting documentation. The result was a vehement denial by Rwanda's Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, who said claims that Rwandans were transferred to eastern Congo to fight for the rebels are "categorically false and dangerous."

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