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The international community has failed to underpin peace efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo with financial and peacekeeping support on the scale required. With the peace process now increasingly fragile, the UN is at last considering more than doubling the size of its mission in Congo. It is far from certain that the Security Council will agree to expand the mission from 10,000 to 24,000 troops, even though the need is now manifest and urgent. The genocide in Sudan is already a scar on the conscience of the world. Congo's five-year civil war, which killed 3 million people, must not be allowed to re-ignite.

The international community has failed to underpin peace efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo with financial and peacekeeping support on the scale required. With the peace process now increasingly fragile, the UN is at last considering more than doubling the size of its mission in Congo. It is far from certain that the Security Council will agree to expand the mission from 10,000 to 24,000 troops, even though the need is now manifest and urgent. The genocide in Sudan is already a scar on the conscience of the world. Congo's five-year civil war, which killed 3 million people, must not be allowed to re-ignite.

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