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Rebecca Feely and Colin Thomas-Jensen
December 2008

The following report addresses the urgent need to appoint experienced and seasoned envoys to accompany U.N. Special Envoy Olegesun Obasanjo and Great Lakes mediator Benjamin Mkapa to help ensure better management and resolution of the latest round of fighting in the Congo to avoid further disaster. The international community has not played an effective preventive or responsive role to the mass atrocity crimes being perpetually committed in the Congo. MONUC, the largest UN peacekeeping mission in the world has been incapable of protecting civilians because of logistical matters and insufficient soldiers to patrol a massive area with little infrastructure. Any mismanagement at this stage in the conflict could drastically increase regional instability and consequentially pull the Congo back into "Africa's World War".
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