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  West 'Criminally Responsible' on Rwanda Genocide
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News DateTuesday, April 6, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionWest 'Criminally Responsible' on Rwanda Genocide
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Western powers bear criminal responsibility for Rwanda's 1994 genocide because they did not care enough to stop it, the Canadian commander of the U.N. peacekeeping force at the time said Tuesday. "The international community didn't give one damn for Rwandans because Rwanda was a country of no strategic importance," Romeo Dallaire told a conference in Kigali marking the 10th anniversary of the slaughter of some 800,000 Rwandans. "It's up to Rwanda not to let others forget they are criminally responsible for the genocide," said the retired general, singling out France, Britain and the United States. "The genocide was brutal, criminal and disgusting and continued for 100 days under the eyes of the international community," said Dallaire, who battled for a more robust U.N. peacekeeping mission with a mandate to stop the killing.

The genocide began on the night of April 6, 1994, after the shooting down of a plane carrying the Rwandan and Burundian presidents, who both died in the crash near Kigali. Kagame led the rebel army which ousted the extremist Hutu government that planned and carried out the three months of mass killings initially ignored by world leaders.
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