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UN failed to recognise genocide being planned

A senior UN official has admitted the world body failed to recognise that genocide was being planned. “We did not give that information the importance and the correct interpretation that it deserved,” Iqbal Riza, then assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping told BBC television, Reuters reported on Monday. Acting on behalf of the-then head of peacekeeping Kofi Annan, Riza said he refused to let UNAMIR raid arms caches an informer had told them about.

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