French President vows to advance Rwanda-France cooperation | The new times


The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has promised to reinvigorate development cooperation between Rwanda and his country by bringing to justice all the fugitives of the genocide, by jointly attacking the Covid-19 pandemic and the restoration of a French-speaking cultural center in Kigali.

Macron made the remarks on July 4 in his message to his Rwandan counterpart, President Paul Kagame, on the occasion of the 26th Liberation Day celebration.

“On the national holiday of the Republic of Rwanda, I am pleased to send you and the Rwandan people my warmest congratulations and best wishes,” said Macron.

Rwanda accuses France of supporting the regime that orchestrated the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, which claimed the lives of over a million innocent lives, according to estimates by the National Commission to Combat Genocide (CNLG).

This situation has embittered relations between the two nations, especially since there are genocide fugitives still at large in France.

In the past two years, Macron said, the political dialogue between the two countries has grown considerably, which he welcomed.

He indicated that he attached particular importance to the continuation and deepening of this dialogue.

“The new dynamism that we have instilled in it is in the process of finding concrete translations, such as the revival of our development cooperation or even works to allow the next opening of a French-speaking cultural center in Kigali”, a he declared.

At the same time, he said, “rest assured that we are continuing our efforts to ensure that all suspected Rwandan genocidaires are prosecuted,

“Following the decision to strengthen the means of French justice dealing with the procedures relating to the genocide against the Tutsi [in 1994], the arrest, last May, of Félicien Kabuga devoted a new stage to this fight that we are waging alongside you against impunity. ”

Macron said he hoped the decision would reassure the victims and survivors of the genocide against the Tutsi and their descendants.

Support efforts to deal with the impact of Covid-19

Meanwhile, Macron said the celebration of Rwanda’s Liberation Day took place this year in the special context of the global health crisis – the Covid-19 pandemic, which put international solidarity to the test, at a time when it was needed more than ever.

“I would like to assure you of France’s support during this difficult period, both bilateral and multilateral, to support Rwanda’s national response strategy to respond to the pandemic,” he said.

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