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What did the UN do to stop the Rwandan genocide?

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) was established by United Nations Security Council Resolution 872 on 5 October 1993. The UNAMIR has received much attention for its role in failing, due to the limitations of its rules of engagement, to prevent the Rwandan genocide and outbreak of fighting.

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Keeping this in view, why did the UN pull out of Rwanda?

The UN decided to pull most of its troops because it was believed that the civil war would begin again. With the war beginning once again, the personnel that were left in Rwanda were not there to protect civilians or kept even necessarily for peacekeeping but rather in order to attain a cease fire once again.

Subsequently, question is, why did the UN not intervene in Rwanda? In July the RPF took over Rwanda and formed a new government and in August a UN force finally arrived. But the UN now has no credibility in Rwanda. Hutus distrust the UN soldiers because they did not prevent the RPF from taking power. Tutsis distrust them because they failed to stop the killing.

Subsequently, one may also ask, what did the UN do about the Rwandan genocide?

In the power vacuum created by his death, Rwanda's Hutu political elite launched a long-planned campaign of genocide. As the mass killings began, the U.N. ordered its blue helmeted troops to evacuate foreigners – but not intervene to save the Tutsis from slaughter.

Why the UN is failing?

The United Nations has failed to prevent war and fulfill peacekeeping duties many times throughout its history. However, the UN has failed several times across the world mostly because of the right to veto at the disposal of five countries.

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