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Congolese soldiers stand near a damaged vehicle after the surrender of M23 rebel fighters in Chanzo village in the Rutshuru territory near the eastern town of Goma, Nov. 5, 2013. Democratic Republic of Congo’s M23 rebel group on Tuesday called an end to a 20-month revolt after the army captured its last hilltop strongholds.
Congolese soldiers stand near a damaged vehicle after the surrender of M23 rebel fighters in Chanzo village in the Rutshuru territory near the eastern town of Goma, Nov. 5, 2013. Democratic Republic of Congo’s M23 rebel group on Tuesday called an end to a 20-month revolt after the army captured its last hilltop strongholds.
(REUTERS)

GEOFFREY YORK

End of Congo’s rebellion clears path for growth, investment, food and peace

It took billions of dollars and 14 years of experimentation, but the United Nations may have finally figured out a formula for defeating the rebel groups that have devastated the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The formula is this: A robust offensive military force, plus modern weaponry and aircraft, plus a strong UN mandate for pursuing the rebels, plus aggressive diplomacy, plus a crucial dose of painful sanctions against the sponsors of the rebels. It has added up to a smashing victory and a potential new model for resolving African conflicts.