Rwanda slams sanctions over child-soldier rebels
AFPKIGALI -- Rwanda's army on Friday slammed United States' sanctions for the use of child soldiers by rebels it is accused of supporting in Democratic Republic of Congo, saying it had no factual basis.
October 5, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
“It is surprising that Rwanda would be liable for matters that are neither on its territory nor in its practices,” army spokesman Joseph Nzabamwita said in a statement, adding that the “decision to include Rwanda among states that use child soldiers is not based on evidence or facts.”
The United Nations accuses Rwanda of backing the M23 rebels in neighboring eastern DR Congo, a charge the country has adamantly denied.
On Thursday, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Washington was invoking the 2008 Child Soldiers Protection Act in sanctioning Rwanda as a measure seeking to end “any involvement in the recruitment of child soldiers.”