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World should act on genocide “early warnings” - Rwanda

The UN should heed the early warnings of genocide and act with speed to contain leaders who incite populations to exterminate their own citizens, the representative of Rwanda told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

Public statements on radio and television spark off waves of genocidal killings, especially if those come from the highest authorities in governments, the representative said. The Rwandan representative was speaking before the Assembly adopted a resolution calling on states to overcome obstacles for the implementation of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Rwanda has recently accused DRC President Kabila of “preaching genocide” to the Congolese people.

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