In the troubled eastern Congo region, joint military action is a new thing. Rwanda and Congo were encouraged to work together.
Their joint operation was like parents working together against unruly children. But as with children, sustained and long-term action is needed to change their behavior.
The backbone of Rwandan rebels in Congo has been broken in a joint military action by Kigali and Kinshasa, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said, but stressed more action was needed."On the military level, we have broken the backbone of the FDLR more or less in Nord-Kivu, much to the relief of the local population," he said, referring to a restive region in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo.
In an interview to the Paris-based Jeune Afrique weekly due to appear on Monday, Kagame hailed the joint military offensive by the Congolese and Rwandan armies against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).
"This shows that Rwanda and Congo are cooperating ... and this is the most important thing," he said.
Rwandan forces, who entered Congo on January 20, officially returned on February 26, following what they deemed was a successful operation against the FDLR -- whose members include perpetrators of Rwanda's 1994 genocide mainly against minority Tutsis.