Monday, February 07, 2011

Egypt's Boutros-Ghali sold $26million arms to Rwandan killers

While researching the involvement of Mubarak with supplying arms to Rwanda, I find a book by Linda Melvern, A People Betrayed:

In 1990, it was Boutros-Ghali who approved a secret $26 million arms sale to Rwanda, weapons stockpiled by the Hutu as part of the fairly public, longterm preparations for the genocide. (French banks, for their part, helped launder the international aid money that was used to pay for that and other arms shipments, including the purchase of some 580,000 machetes from China.) And it was Boutros-Ghali who, as the genocide progressed, ignored the increasingly urgent faxes from his peacekeeping commander begging for more men, gasoline, and equipment.

Boutros-Ghali was UN Secretary General 1992-6, presiding over the inadequate response ot the Rwandan genocide.


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