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French report blames UN, US

A French parliamentary commission report yesterday blamed the United Nations and the United States for failing to avert the 1994 Rwandan genocide, news organisations reported. The report, issued after a nine-month inquiry into the genocide, described the genocide as a “serious failure by the international community”. It singled out the US for resisting demands to boost the UN mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR) which had led to the UN’s “passiveness”. The UN was “unable to head off mounting violence and put an end to the massacres”. The US debacle in Somalia was to blame for Washington’s reluctance to intervene, the report said. It came to the conclusion France had not committed major errors, saying it was “not at all implicated in the unleashing of the violence”.

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