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Belgian Decision To Withdraw Its Troops

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In the months before the plane crash, Belgium was the only country demanding an expansion of the UNAMIR mandate. This chapter answers the following questions: did Belgium, after the death of the Belgian peace-keepers, continue its efforts to broaden the mandate in order to stop the unfolding genocide, or were these efforts only made in order to protect the Belgian nationals?; when did Belgium decide to withdraw its troops?; and did Belgium, as often described in the literature, try to get a full withdrawal of UNAMIR in order to save face, or are the Belgian efforts in this context misinterpreted? The Belgian efforts to broaden the mandate after the death of the Belgian peace-keepers were mainly made in the context of the protection of Belgian nationals and other foreigners and not primarily with the aim of protecting the Rwandan nationals and putting a halt to the developing genocide.

Keywords: Belgian participation; Belgian peace-keepers; Rwandan nationals; UNAMIR mandate



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