Rwanda Voted Onto UN Security Council
Rwanda has been elected to sit on the United Nations Security Council for the next two years.
The vote comes a day after a leaked UN report said Rwanda was supporting a rebellion in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.
Five non-permanent seats to the 15-member council were decided at the United Nations on Thursday.
Argentina, Australia, South Korea and Luxembourg have also been elected to sit on the Security Council.
According to a confidential report by the UN Security Council’s Group of Experts, seen by Reuters news agency, Rwanda’s defence minister was relaying military orders to M23 rebel leaders who have been fighting DRC’s army since April.
The experts also accused Uganda of backing the rebels.
Both governments in Kampala and Kigali strenuously denied the allegations.
The DRC raised a formal objection to Rwanda’s candidacy but one of Kigali’s UN diplomats said voters would not be swayed by the “baseless report”.
Rwanda will take the seat currently filled by South Africa on 1 January.