chapter  6
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Bureaucratic mechanisms

Introduction The bizarre thing is that in the preface of the blue book on Rwanda, Boutros-Ghali asserts that, ‘Yes, the Council was informed about this [January] cable’ [see Boutros-Ghali 1996: 32]. And then in December 1995, I wrote him a letter saying, ‘How do we explain that your recollection and my recollection differ so greatly?’ He invited me over to his office, and Chinmaya Gharekhan, who was his representative and briefed the Council very frequently, said: ‘Well, alas, there’s no record of it, so, we just differ in our memories.’1