Former UN commander in Rwanda retiring from Canadian politics

Canadian Senator and former Lt. General Romeo Dallaire, speaks with filmmakers at the ICTR offices in Kigali, Rwanda on March 30, 2012Romeo Dallaire, the Canadian general who led the UN mission in Rwanda at the time of the 1994 genocide, is retiring from politics, Canada’s public broadcaster reported Wednesday. In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Senator Dallaire said he planned to spend more time on post-traumatic stress disorder and promoting various international causes. The former commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda, Dallaire was named to Canada’s Senate in 2005 after more than four decades in the military. In the lead-up to the Rwanda genocide, Dallaire provided the United Nations with information about the planned massacre, but permission to intervene was denied and the UN peacekeepers were withdrawn after Belgian members of the force were murdered.

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