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U.N. chief makes new bid to keep peacekeepers

U.N. chief makes new bid to keep peacekeepers

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made a new bid Thursday to ease Rwandan anger over a human rights report which has led to a threat to withdraw peacekeepers from key international forces.
Without revealing whether a surprise trip to Rwanda had swayed President Paul Kagame, Ban said that the country's leader had agreed on the importance of the Rwanda troops in mounting troublespots such as Sudan.
Rwanda has been infuriated by a draft version of a U.N. human rights report on Democratic Republic of Congo which accused Rwandan troops of genocide-style massacres in the neighboring country in 1996-97.
Ban is desperate to keep Rwanda's 3,500 troops in the international force in Sudan where two key referendum votes are to be held in January, one of which could lead to the breakaway of southern Sudan.
He has offered to include the comments by Rwanda and other countries in the final version of the report which is to be released on October 1. Ban stressed that work on the final version of the report is still going ahead.


Updated : 2021-04-19 23:53 GMT+08:00