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Obama calls on int'l community to prevent future atrocities like Rwanda genocide

2009-04-07 21:11:14 GMT2009-04-08 05:11:14 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

WASHINGTON, April 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on the international community to deepen commitment to prevent the atrocities such as 1994 genocide in Rwanda from happening again.

In a statement on the 15th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, Obama said the memory of these events "deepens our commitment to act when faced with genocide and to work with partners around the world to prevent future atrocities."

"Today, we must remember that each of the 800,000 individuals who died in 1994 had their own story, their own family, and their own dreams," said Obama.

"As we mourn their senseless passing, we must also acknowledge the courageous men and women who survived the genocide and have since demonstrated remarkable strength and generosity in forgiving those who committed these heinous acts.

"These individuals inspire us daily by working to restore trust and rebuild hope in Rwanda," said Obama.

"The United States is committed to its partnership with Rwanda and will continue to support efforts to promote sustainable development, respect for human rights, and lasting peace in Rwanda," said the president.

About 800,000 innocent people, mainly Tutsis and politically-moderate Hutus, were killed in the East African country during 100days of brutal massacre starting April 7, 1994, following the assassination of President Juvenal Habyarimana.

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