François Mitterrand à l'UNESCO : « Faut-il que des hommes, des femmes, des enfants meurent en direct, devant des caméras de télévision, pour que la communauté internationale s'émeuve ? »
- In Kigali, heavy fighting with heavy weapons resumed this morning.
- France wishes to send a humanitarian intervention force there and would like to consult the United Nations Security Council for this. This strictly humanitarian intervention in Rwanda, to put an end to the massacres and the exodus, would first require the dispatch of 2,000 professional soldiers. First hypothesis: the contingent under UN mandate is taken from the intervention troops from the metropolis. Second hypothesis: we call on the French contingent based in the Central African Republic. It would transit through Zaire, which declared itself ready to get involved to put an end to the genocide in Rwanda. Finally, another conceivable scenario, men of the multinational force in Somalia are sent to Rwanda. A logistically inexpensive redeployment with the added advantage of involving African countries in this intervention because for the moment only France and Italy have committed to providing troops.
- The United Nations mission attempted to evacuate several thousand civilians who are still stranded in the capital. A peacekeeper was killed yesterday [June 17] north of Kigali.
- This morning Edouard Balladur received the president of Médecins du monde, who judged that the French were not in the best position to send soldiers there, in Rwanda, given the role played by Paris with the Rwandan government in the past.
- François Mitterrand chaired this morning a conference on development at UNESCO. The Head of State pleaded for a new world order and a real mobilization in favor of the Third World. François Mitterrand: "Should men, women and children die live, in front of television cameras, for the international community to be moved? These images provoke belated reactions and capricious requests. breakup of the world, it is necessary to stem the marginalization of poor countries! To give them the means to control their destiny ".