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The Genocide Fax And The Prohibition From U.N. Headquarters To Act

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January 10, 1994, was the date on which United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) received the most important warning about the unfolding genocide. On the evening of that day, the informant, code-named Jean Pierre, met with Colonel Luc Marchal. On the night of January 10-11 they sent their carefully worded fax, now known as &t;The Genocide Fax,&t; to New York. The fax was titled &t;Request for protection informant.&t; Dallaire commenced the cable by saying that he was put in contact with a &t;very, very important government politician,&t; a top-level trainer in the cadre of the Interahamwe-armed militia of the MRND. Some argue that the inaction of U.N. headquarters can (partly) be justified by the fact that these kind of faxes are received all the time by Department of Peace-Keeping Operations (DPKO).

Keywords: department of peace-keeping operations (DPKO); genocide fax; Jean Pierre; marchal meets; U.N. headquarters; UNAMIR



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