The United Nations swept away on Wednesday any « balkanization » of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa where the fear of a fragmentation of national unity is again agitated by public officials.
« The Congo, within its borders inherited from colonization, no one disputes it, » said the special representative of the secretary general and patron of the United Nations Mission in the Congo (Monusco), Leila Zerrougui.
« There is nobody, whether in the international community, or among the neighbors, who has territorial aims on the Congo, » she added during a press conference.
« I have never seen Congolese who say: We want to create a state, we want to separate from the Congo, » added the official.
The rhetoric of a “balkanization” of the DRC orchestrated by Rwanda is very present these days in the public debate, with the persistence of violence in the east of the DRC.
Opponent Martin Fayulu accused President Félix Tshisekedi and his predecessor, Joseph Kabila, of « balkanizing » the DRC (2.3 million km2) « 70% ».
He called a march in Kinshasa for Friday against Balkanization and violence in the east, a march banned by the authorities.