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Fall of Goma casts shadow on future of UN peacekeeping

Published on : 26 November 2012 - 2:00pm | By Eric Beauchemin (Screenshot: NOS)
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Criticism is mounting of the failure of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo to prevent the fall of Goma. The provincial capital in eastern DRC was captured last Tuesday by M23 rebels, widely believed to be backed by Rwanda.

MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping force that has been stationed in DRC since 1999, is supposed to protect the civilian population. But when the Congolese army retreated from Goma, the peacekeepers decided to abandon the city of over one million people.

The peacekeepers from India, South Africa and Uruguay have defended their actions, saying they had fired hundreds of rockets at the rebels. But the UN says its troops were overwhelmed by the number of rebels attacking the city.

Experts say that Goma has been a low-point for peacekeeping operations, adding that the UN is going to have to reinvent itself.

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