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The U.N.’s top human rights official says a report detailing gruesome attacks against civilians in Congo will be released unchanged tomorrow despite Rwanda’s angry protests over the findings. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the final version will have “no significant changes” from a leaked draft that accused Rwandan troops and Congolese rebels of slaughtering tens of thousands of Hutus in Congo in the 1990s.

Rwanda has threatened to pull its troops from U.N. peacekeeping missions if the report is published unchanged. The President Paul Kagame complained to the U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, about the leaks from the report. Kagame put his troops on alert for a possible departure from Darfur, the troubled region of Sudan where a Rwandan general leads the U.N.-African Union peacekeeping mission. But the President of Rwanda, who called the allegations “fraudulent” and “absurd,” and Ban met in Kigali, Rwanda. The United Nations said that Ban “was very satisfied” after the meeting “to learn that Rwanda would continue its important role in U.N. peacekeeping operations, and particularly in the strife-torn western Sudanese region of Darfur.” The United Nations delayed release of the report by 30 days and agreed to allow nations named in it to add comments before publication.

But today Pillay told reporters in Geneva that “the substance remains the same.”

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