Rwanda Minister: Syria Following In Footsteps Of 1994 Genocide

look geneva; font-size: small;”>Minister Eugène-Richard Gasana, Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the UN, in closing remarks reminded members that the Security Council had failed to stop the Rwandan genocide in 1994 and called for genuine commitment from members of the Council to yield concrete results on situation of Syria.

“Only then can we hope to remove this stain from of our collective conscience,” said Gasana on Tuesday.

An armed rebellion against the government of Bashar Al Assad has left thousands dead and millions displaced.

Gasana’s remarks came at the end of Rwanda’s UN Security Council Presidency that began on April 1st.


Rwanda’s theme for the month was the prevention of conflicts. An important ministerial briefing was held on April 15th on the “Prevention of conflicts in Africa: addressing the root causes” chaired by Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo.

A presidential statement was adopted during the briefing recognising the importance of a comprehensive strategy that encompasses operational and structural measures for prevention of armed conflict and encourages the development of measures to address the root-causes of conflicts in order to ensure sustainable peace in Africa.

In addition, Rwanda presided over six other briefings including one on the humanitarian situation in Syria and another on post-conflict peace building.

Rwanda also chaired an open debate on women and peace and security: sexual violence in conflict, and the quarterly open debate on Middle East, including the Palestinian question.

Rwanda was Security Council President as part of the rotating council presidency, 19 years after the genocidal regime was a member of the Council.

The Republic of Togo will take up the Presidency for May 2013.

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