Tuesday January 8, Rwanda snubbed the UN against its plans to use satellite surveillance drones in the eastern DRC calling it a move to use Africa as a lab for its weapons.
The UN and Rwanda are also locked up in disagreements over allegations that Rwanda supports the M23 rebels.
Olivier Nduhungirehe, Rwanda’s deputy U.N. ambassador told Reuters : “It is not wise to use a device on which we don’t have enough information,” and added, “Africa shall not become a laboratory for intelligence devices from overseas.”
Contrary to Nduhungirehe, Brieuc Pont,spokesman for the French U.N. mission said in a Tweet: “MONUSCO needs additional, modern assets, including drones, to be better informed and more reactive.”
Pont’s suggestion was supported by US, UK and several other council members. It is also expected that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will in a few weeks recommend the UN Security Council to use of force.
In November, the M23 rebels who were equipped than the U.N. force seized Goma, an eastern city of Congo though they withdrew after 11 days. It’s alleged that the M23 are backed by Rwanda and Congo. Goma is a mineral rich city.
The Rwandan delegation is against the drones, according to Nduhungirehe they need to know the implications of itts sivereignhty before deploying the drones.
According to the U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous, in a closed-door meeting with the Security Council, the UN plans to deploy three unmanned drones. It has wanted to deploy them since 2008 to improve the troops improve real-time intelligence gathering.