Rwanda Probes Leader's Death

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By LOUIS MEIXLER Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- The United Nations should make public a report on the 1993 assassination of Burundi's president to ensure that those responsible are no longer in power, Rwanda's vice president said Thursday.

The Security Council has refused to release the results of a U.N. investigation into the killing of Burundi's first Hutu president by Tutsi soldiers, saying it could inflame tensions just weeks after a military coup there.

The U.N. report was sent to the president of the council after Burundi's Tutsi-led military deposed the president last month, and there is speculation the report may implicate leading military officers in the assassination.

Some 150,000 people have been killed in ethnic clashes since President Melchior Ndadaye's death.

Representative from the 15 countries that make up the council are allowed to see the report, but may not remove copies from the council president's office. The report's contents are not widely among U.N. members. Normally council reports are made available to all U.N. members.

''I think if it came out, there would be no problem,'' Rwandan Vice President Paul Kagame told the Council on Foreign Relations on Thursday.

Kagame said he first believed the report could provoke a coup in Burundi, but because military officers have already seized power, he is urging the findings be made public.

''Now that it has occurred, it is a different situation,'' he said. ''I am now inclined to think that finally the report has got to come out.''

Kagame led the largely Tutsi forces that drove out Rwanda's Hutu-led government in 1994, ending ethnic carnage that left some 500,000 people, mostly Tutsis, dead.

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