Friday, March 26, 2004

Rwanda: Annan apologizes for genocide

Here is the full-text of the statment UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan delivered at today's Memorial Conference on the Rwanda Genocide.
The international community is guilty of sins of omission. I myself, as head of the UN's peacekeeping department at the time, pressed dozens of countries for troops. I believed at that time that I was doing my best. But I realised after the genocide that there was more that I could and should have done to sound the alarm and rally support. This painful memory, along with that of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has influenced much of my thinking, and many of my actions, as Secretary-General.