Top United Nations diplomats on Wednesday gathered to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the 100 days of genocide in Rwanda during which more than 500,000 minority Tutsis, and some members of the Hutu majority, were killed by Hutu extremists. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said that the world body's failure to intervene inflicted "an enormous blow to its credibility and effectiveness," especially since the UN was established in the wake of another genocide, the Holocaust. Five white candles were lit in memory of the Rwandan dead following a minute of silence.
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