Rwandans are not the only ones reflecting on the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. The international community has been thinking about its response as the killings were taking place. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has apologized for the failure of the United Nations to do more to stop the genocide.
In Washington, reporter Cindy Shiner spoke with Howard Wolpe, a former special presidential adviser on the Great Lakes region. Mr. Wolpe now heads the Africa program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He says the failure of the international community to respond made it culpable.
He said countries need to realize that even if it does not seem as if their national interest is involved, the widespread repercussions of such an event affect us all. He said he thinks now there is more sensitivity; and he pointed to the killings in the eastern DRC ? the UN Security Council provided support to a French-led international mission that moved into the area. He thinks that may have been a result of the growing recognition of the cost of the failure to respond in the DRC in 1994.
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