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Vol 51 No 20

Published 8th October 2010


Massaging the message

UN officials believe their edited investigation has persuaded Uganda and Rwanda not to withdraw their peacekeepers

At the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 23 September, Rwandan President Paul Kagame did not look like a man leading a government condemned for human rights abuses. He had co-chaired the UN's Millennium Development Goals summit on 21-22 September with Spain's Prime Minister, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. Spain's judiciary has issued arrest warrants for 40 Rwandan military officers whom it accuses of human rights abuses. Zapatero was under pressure from his coalition partners in Madrid to snub Kagame, which made diplomatic arrangements rather awkward. Kagame's other international friends - such as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, British ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair and United States ex-President Bill Clinton - had no such reservations about glad-handing the Rwandan leader.

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