In a major victory, Kigali leverages UN Security Council seat to have 1994 war renamed, ending years of lobbying. TEA Graphic Nation Media Group
The decision, made during the Security Council’s session on Thursday, is a major victory for the Rwanda government, which has lobbied aggressively to have the name recognised globally.
Rwanda is expected to use the resolution not only to seek compensation in the form of a Marshal Plan-like reconstruction of the country but also to put pressure on countries in particular in Europe that remain a safe haven for masterminds of the genocide.
The discussion on the renaming of the Rwandan genocide, however, was met with resistance, with some countries attempting to block it; but it ended in a compromise with a reference to the “1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, during which Hutu and others were killed.”