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UN's behaviour over Rwanda unforgivable

THIS month marks the 20th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide, which resulted in the mass murder of 800,000 ethnic Tutsis by the Hutu majority.

We should constantly remind the UN of its fecklessness in dealing with this atrocity.

Canadian General Romeo Dallaire was commanding the small UN peacekeeping force in Rwanda. In 1994, he was aware of arms being massed by the Hutus and warned the UN that murder was being planned on a large scale. His warnings went unheeded.

When the killing started, he pleaded for more troops, but instead the UN reduced his forces to a token level. Against almost insurmountable odds, he managed to save tens of thousands of lives.

In the aftermath very few in Western civilisation could hold their heads high. But General Dallaire is one who certainly can.

JOHN BELLEW

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