Annan memoir treads cautiously on Rwanda genocide, ICC cases
Saturday October 13 2012
Kofi Annan has a diplomat’s way of being economical with what he reveals, and a politician’s knack of self-serving storytelling. Photo/FILE
Interventions – A Life in War and Peace is his recently published memoir of his career in the UN, and after.
As UN secretary-general, the job put him at the centre of key global events of our time, from the crises in the Middle East and Bosnia, to East Timor, Darfur, Kosovo, Iraq, Somalia and, most tragically, Rwanda.
Annan describes his Kenyan assignment as “the hardest, most intensive and enduring of all my interventions in the affairs of another country.”
The Rwanda chapter as told by Mr Annan in his memoir is a long narrative of self-justification. He blames everybody but himself.