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Conseil restreint

Card Number 152

Number
152
Author
Bentégeat, Henri
Date
15 juin 1994
Ymd
19940615
Title
Conseil restreint
Subtitle
Décision de l'opération Turquoise
Size
244390 bytes
Pages nb.
5
Public records
FM
Type
Procès-verbal de réunion
Language
FR
Abstract
Suddenly realizing the seriousness of the situation, François Mitterrand decided on Operation Turquoise at this Restricted Council meeting on June 15. François Léotard, Minister of Defence, is reluctant. Alain Juppé, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is considering "a more muscular operation if the UNAMIR is slow to deploy". Prime Minister Edouard Balladur agrees that “something needs to be done”. It is François Mitterrand who decides: "It is a decision for which I take responsibility". He suggests that: "our effort could be limited to the protection of certain sites, hospitals or schools […]. In Kigali itself there would be two or three sites". The honor of France is in question according to him. This report contradicts all those who affirm that Mitterrand being ill - which is correct - he was incapable of making a decision. If this decision had been dictated by the horror of the massacres, it would have been taken much earlier. It is clear that it is the rout of government forces that most worries French officials. If it is not in question here, General Quesnot constantly speaks of it in his notes to François Mitterrand.