Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi are threatening to pull out of UN peacekeeping missions if the UN publishes a report accusing all three of war crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1993 to 2003.
In an early leaked version of the report, Ugandan troops were accused of massacring and torturing civilians in several locations. The document said the slaughter in Congo of tens of thousands of Hutus by Rwandan troops seeking to avenge the 1994 genocide of Tutsis in their country could be classified as genocide.
Uganda has threatened to pull out of the peacekeeping mission in Somalia and Rwanda its peacekeeping troops in Darfur if the report is published.
The UN has already postponed the report once because of the complaints by the three countries.
It will be interesting to see if the UN backs down in the face of such outright blackmail.