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The Response Of The Security Council

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After the plane crash, the Security Council was continually in secret sessions, sometimes twice a day and even during the night. The Secretary-General's response after the plane crash, the death of the Belgian peace-keepers and the news of the Belgian withdrawal had been understood as a preference for a withdrawal of UNAMIR. Boutros-Ghali himself, however, disagreed with this analysis, and argued that he had been misunderstood. It was only at the point when the DPKO wanted to inform the Council that a total withdrawal was being considered, that the Secretary-General suddenly came up with the option to reinforce the mission. On April 20 the report of the Secretary-General was submitted to the Council. Whether the Secretary-General gave his own preference for one of the three options is disputed.

Keywords: Belgian peace-keepers; Boutros-ghali; DPKO; security council; UNAMIR

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