Security Council president in 1994 apologizes for UN refusal to recognize Rwanda genocide

The man who was president of the U.N. Security Council in April 1994 has apologized for the council's refusal to recognize that genocide was taking place in Rwanda mainly against the Tutsi minority — and for doing nothing to halt the slaughter of more than one million people according to government figures.

Former New Zealand ambassador Colin Keating issued a rare apology during a council meeting Wednesday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide and examine what has been done since to prevent new genocides.

Keating urged the council to improve early warning of possible mass atrocities, enhanced preventive diplomacy, quick preventive deployment "and if all else fails, robust deterrence."

The council unanimously adopted a resolution calling on all countries "to recommit to prevent and fight against genocide."