Saturday, September 4, 2010

The world turned its back on Rwanda, in 1994?


General Paul Kagame on his sat phone, 
during the RPF invasion of Rwanda from 
Uganda, circa 1993-1994.

Paul Kagame has been blackmailing the Western world for "turning its back on Rwanda" in 1994 ever since, but this May 1994 Reuters news clip reports that Kagame actually threatened to fire on UN peacekeepers as though they were enemy combatants, if they tried to stand between his invading Rwandan Patriotic Army  and Rwanda's Forces Armées du Rwanda (Rwandan Armed Forces):

RWANDA: RWANDA's REBEL ARMY WARNS THE UNITED NATIONS IT WILL TREAT THE ORGANIZATION AS THE ENEMY IF THEY ATTEMPT TO COME BETWEEN THEM AND GOVERNMENT TROOPS. 


Story

Rebel forces in Rwanda warned peacekeeping officials on Friday (May 20) they would treat United Nations (U.N.) forces as the enemy if the organization attempted to come between them and government troops.

Rebel Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) Deputy Vice Chairman Denis Polisi warned if there was any interference by the U.N. they "would be engaged".

Senior U.N. officials are heading for Kigali to try to persuade warring parties to cooperate with peacekeeping forces.

The U.N. Assistance Mission in Rwanda is currently made up of 470 troops, shortly to be bolstered by the 2,500 additional troops ordered by the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday.

Meanwhile the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF) are operating feeding centres and medical clinics in the North Rwandan town of Mulundi.

In Tanzania many refugees caught up and wounded in the violence in Rwanda have found safety in the Benaco camp, but some continue to die from their previously inflicted wounds.

Those who die are buried just a few metres (yards) from the camp perimeter in shallow graves.


Rwanda's Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, however, quoted in the Financial Times's 09.05.2010 report, "UN faces dilemma in report on Congo killings," now says that, "It is patently absurd for the UN, which deliberately turned its back on the Rwandan people during the 1994 genocide, to accuse the army that stopped the genocide of committing atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo."  

Since Mushikiwabo seems to argue that the UN turned its back on Rwanda by not intervening in 1994, are we to conclude that the UN turned its back by not stopping her President, then General, Paul Kagame, when he threatened to fire on its peacekeepers if they did intervene?   

Are we to conclude that the UN then turned its back on D.R. Congo? 

The official version of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights report mapping human rights abuses, 1993-2003, including documentation of the Rwandan Patriotic Army's genocidal massacres of Hutu refugees and Congolese Hutus, is due for release on October 1st, 2010, after being leaked to Le Monde on August 26th, and reported all over the world.    

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