Fri. Sep 22nd, 2023

Rwanda has cited Congo for airspace infringement in the latest of a series of escalating tensions between the two countries.

On December 28, Rwanda’s ministry of defence released a statement saying a Congolese fighter jet had briefly violated its airspace near the border. The statement claimed the incursion was a “grave violation of international law” and called on the Congolese government to investigate the incident.

The incident is the latest development in a long-running dispute between the two countries, which has seen a number of military skirmishes over the years. The most recent one occurred in November when Congo sent troops into Rwandan territory in what it claimed was an attempt to root out rebels. Rwanda responded by sending its own troops into Congo and claiming it had the right to defend itself.

The dispute has been a source of tension in the region, with the UN Security Council recently expressing concern over the situation. The Council has urged both sides to de-escalate the situation and negotiate a peaceful solution.

The airspace violation is likely to further increase tensions between the two countries. It is not clear what the Congolese government’s response will be, but it is likely to involve more military action as it attempts to protect its own sovereignty.

The incident illustrates the fragility of the situation in the region and the need for both sides to take steps to de-escalate the situation. The UN Security Council has again urged both sides to negotiate a peaceful solution, and it is essential that this be done as soon as possible.

Both Rwanda and Congo need to be willing to compromise in order to avoid further escalation of tensions. Ultimately, this is the only way to ensure that the region remains stable and secure. All sides should make every effort to find a peaceful solution and to avoid further violations of international law.

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