Letter: Help Rwanda heal itself

RICHARD Dowden's otherwise excellent analysis of Rwanda's tragedy ('Rwanda's twins locked in eternal war', 10 April) was marred by his world-weary conclusion that 'the leadership of these two countries is incapable of working out a sustainable political solution to the fundamental problem of statehood'.

If we have learnt anything from the UN's fiasco in Somalia, it is that external solutions will not be accepted. The UN and the Organisation of African Unity have a vital role to play in Rwanda, but it is one of supporting mediation in the hope of creating the space and mechanisms for dialogue.

Nigel Twose

International Director

Action Aid

London N19