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The Associated Press: Emerging Congo mini-state raises fears of conflict

Emerging Congo mini-state raises fears of conflict

KITCHANGA, Congo — The scarlet-lettered flag flaps atop a lush green hill in an apparent declaration of ownership. Here, a rebel movement turned political party collects taxes, appoints local officials and even polices a border post.

These former rebels are accused of populating the land they have grabbed with thousands of people from neighboring Rwanda to form a mini-Tutsi state. The state-within-a-state is emerging in the shadow of Rwanda’s genocide two decades ago, and is raising the specter of new violence in war-ravaged east Congo.

U.N. officials, legislators and traditional chiefs are already forming “pacification committees” to try and resolve the land conflicts.

“The situation is explosive,” Jean Baumbiliya Kisoloni, vice president of the provincial assembly based in Goma, said of Masisi, one of the districts under the new flag. “I am not really optimistic that this can be resolved without conflict.”

New states not always a good thing.

Posted via web from Ted’s Nothing but Net Explorations

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