Rwanda lambasts 'cowardice' of UN

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame has accused the international community of cowardice during a speech marking the 15th anniversary of Rwanda's genocide.

He told a rally of 20,000 people in the capital, Kigali, UN troops abandoned their posts without firing a shot.

He led commemorations at Nyanza, where more than 5,000 people were slaughtered after peacekeepers pulled out.

President Kagame said: "We are not like those who abandoned people they had come to protect," reported AFP news agency.

"They left them to be murdered. Aren't they guilty? I think it is also cowardice. They left even before any shot was fired.

"We are not cowards. They [the international community] are part of that history and the root causes of the genocide."

He laid a wreath at the hill site in Nyanza and lit a torch in memory of the victims.

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