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The Start Of The Genocide

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On April 6, at 8:23 in the evening, the plane carrying President Habyarimana was shot down. The attack, which led to the outbreak of the Rwandan genocide, remains largely uninvestigated. It is highly remarkable that there has never been any interest in starting an inquiry into the question of who committed the attack, although it was the plane crash that instigated or at least stimulated the eruption of the genocide. The plane crash was the trigger for the dramatic events. New York prohibited the use of force by UNAMIR every time, even to give safety to the ministers of the government. On the first day following the plane crash, ten Belgian peace-keepers were deliberately murdered in order to prompt the withdrawal of the peace-keepers. This was the result of a deliberate and well-organized plan to kill some peace-keepers.

Keywords: Belgian peace-keepers; Habyarimana; Rwandan genocide; UNAMIR

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