Sunday, April 04, 2004

Rwanda: Kagame considered attacking UN forces in '94

"[UN commander Romeo] Dallaire had soldiers, weapons and armoured personnel carriers and I confess for the first time that I contemplated taking those arms from him by force," Kagame said late on Sunday.

His comments drew gasps and some applause from hundreds of government officials and diplomats attending a meeting in the capital Kigali on the first day of week-long memorial events marking the tenth anniversary of Rwanda's genocide.

"I rolled it in my mind and talked it over with my colleagues in the bush, but we knew that it would open another front for us to fight, so after second thoughts, I abandoned the idea," Kagame told the crowd. (full-text)