What measures should DRC’s transitional government undertake to facilitate the deployment of EUFOR forces?
The question about how welcome EUFOR really is, is of paramount importance in the German public debate and to the decision of the Bundestag. We are undertaking these fact-finding missions for exactly that reason, to find out how matters really stand in the Congo. After the two days I spent here, I feel there are great expectations towards Germany. There is an impression in the DR Congo that Germany is an honest broker – not a country that is pursuing its own interests and that might have already given preference to a particular candidate. I am very impressed about this tremendous trust, which can also be felt in Germany. It is paramount that DRC’s consent to deploy German soldiers in the Congo remains explicit in the coming weeks. We need this as a precondition. On top of that, we are strongly interested in seeing the transitional government pursue all necessary measures required to bring the transition to a successful ending. I am referring in particular to the Security Sector Reform