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Rwanda’s requests for more time for these difficulties to be ironed out were essentially rejected by the Western powers in the Council, which had already made significant compromises in a final draft resolution based on Rwandan objections. 1 The United Nations Security Council Votes to Adopt the Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, November 8, 1994. On November 8, 1994, at the 3453rd meeting of the Security Council, held under the rotating presidency of the United States, Argentina, France, New Zealand, Russian Federation, Spain, Britain and the United States sponsored a draft resolution to create a tribunal.
Using the “G-word,” as Power termed it, would have raised the stakes for the international society and put further pressure on America and other nations to take 20 R wanda’s G enocide action to halt the genocide as required by the Genocide Convention. In other words, legalism would have kicked in, and that scenario was out of kilter with political and strategic considerations in some other capitals. From late April—by which time the genocide was well advanced in its progress—and for the next several weeks this policy continued.
Rwanda has tended to view the international judicial intervention that the tribunal represents as a fig leaf, even if an important one that also serves Rwanda’s strategic interests. Rwanda has tended to assess even the tribunal’s officials from the perspective of the politics of intervention and nonintervention in the genocide. Officials of the tribunal from non-francophone countries are generally viewed with less suspicion than those from France or francophone African countries close to France, who have to prove their bona fides.