Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Saturday, June 21, 2003

The French General in charge of the peacekeeping troops n the Congo seems determined to make a real effort.

A French-led force sent to protect civilians in the Congolese town of Bunia has set a 72-hour deadline for
gunmen to leave the town where ethnic bloodletting killed hundreds last month.

The force also urged the government in Kinshasa to withdraw newly-arrived armed police reinforcements, saying they violated a peace deal.

The commander of the force, General Jean Paul Thonier gave the deadline on Saturday at talks with Thomas Lubanga, the head of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) militia group, which seized control from rival militiamen in May.

"The General has stipulated that there will be no weapons after 72 hours," said the spokesman for the international force, Colonel Gerard Dubois. "Weapons that remain will be confiscated," he told reporters in Bunia.

If he really enforces this, good for him

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