The Congo crisis is central Africa’s most complex and destructive conflict, and one for which there is no quick fix. Co-ordinated local, regional and international peace talks and humanitarian interventions are a starting point, but ultimately it is the people of the DRC who will have to resolve their country’s fundamental problems.
This report offers detailed recommendations for overcoming many problems that have beset recent interventions from Afghanistan to Rwanda. Its individual papers provided the foundation for the final ‘Tswalu Protocol’, a consensus derived from the experience of leading figures at the epicentre of peace-building operations
France has announced its willingness to contribute an additional 500 troops and about ten helicopters to the EUFOR Chad/CAR mission. Regardless, logistical issues loom large on the horizon and will provide a critical test for European Security and Defence Policy.