UN Secretary General begs Rwanda to maintain peacekeeping mission
* Rwanda asked for response on UN “Genocide” report.
* UN hopes Rwanda’s contribution to peacekeeping will continue for the peace and security of the region.
The UN report which claims that Rwanda forces may have committed genocide on Hutu populations in DR Congo over a 10-year period will be released in October with comments from the named countries, its authors said Thursday.
U.N. High Commission for Human Rights announced in Geneva that it will publish the already leaked draft on October 01. The release of the 600-page document will include responses of all the countries named, according to the commission chief Navi Pillay.
She said in a statement that following requests from the affected countries, “we have decided to give concerned states a further month to comment on the draft”.
The document largely attacks Rwanda, but also names Burundi, Uganda, Angola, and Zimbabwe. Their armies invaded DR Congo with different motives, and the report also includes information on minerals plundering.
Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo angrily slammed the report on Tuesday blaming the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights and ex-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan of deliberately ‘diminishing’ the Tutsi Genocide by accepting to fund this report in first place. According to Rwanda governement, Kofi Annan showed his incompetence by accepting to fund such report before leaving office.
However, the former UN Secretary-General and 2001 Nobel Prize for Peace winner says in a statement that “ he has had no involvement in the findings of this draft report.”
Minister Mushikiwabo said Rwandan soldiers and police in five different countries on UN peacekeeping missions will be withdrawn immediately the report is published. The pullout will apparently start with the 3560 troops in Sudan.
There have been no comments from any countries on Rwanda’s decision, but on Thursday, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon broke his silence – asking Rwanda to reconsider its decision.
Noting Rwanda’s contribution to two UN peacekeeping missions in Sudan, Ban told journalists in Vienna (Austria): “I hope that this contribution will continue for the peace and security of the region.”
“Peace and security in Darfur and Sudan has very big implications for peace in the wider region,” he added, according to the AFP news agency.
On the delay to release the damning report, a spokesman of the UN rights commission which commissioned it declined to say whether Rwanda was among the states seeking to comment on the report, Reuters news agency reported.