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The Installment Of Unamir With Belgian Participation

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The United Nations had to look into the Agreement and assess whether or not a U.N. peacekeeping mission to Rwanda would be plausible. On August 17 Roméo Dallaire and Beardsley, both French-speaking Canadians, were sent to Rwanda to spend two weeks on a reconnaissance, or so-called &t;technical&t; mission, to investigate whether a U.N. mission would be possible. Belgium was deliberately selected by the United Nations from the beginning to participate. Belgium made no pre-conditions for its participation. When deciding to participate in United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR), Belgium was aware of opposing opinions within the different political parties as to the Belgian participation. One of the gravest deficiencies was the lack of an intelligence cell that gathered information about the political and military developments. However, the Belgians, because of their colonial history and the bad behavior of the Belgian soldiers, were hated among the population.

Keywords: Belgian participation; reconnaissance mission; U.N. peacekeeping mission; UNAMIR



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