Rwandan President receives report on France’s role in genocide

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Rwandan President receives report on France's role in genocide


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Skulls on the altar of the church in Ndera, Rwanda, which is now a national monument to those murdered inside by Hutu militias during the 1994 genocide (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)

Rwandan President Paul Kagame officially received the report of the Commission on the role of France in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

French historian Vincent Duclert handed it over to Kagame on Friday April 9.

This follows the report’s publication in Paris, France on March 26, which was hailed by the government of Rwanda, saying it was a step in the right direction.

The team of experts and researchers was mandated in 2019 by French President Emmanuel Macron to probe the role of the then French government in the 1994 genocide in which more than a million people were killed.

Skulls on the altar of the church in Ndera, Rwanda, which is now a national monument to those murdered inside by Hutu militias during the 1994 genocide (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)

At the time, a government statement said the report represented an “important step towards a common understanding of France’s role in the 1994 genocide,” Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta reiterated on Friday. .

Biruta also noted that the current French government has taken an important step in taking a bold move to try to establish clarity on the role of the European country in Rwanda’s dark past.

“This report clearly shows France’s role in Rwanda in the period between 1990 and 1994 and above all shows the role of French leaders in 1994 during the genocide against the Tutsi. There are leaders during this period who played a role, ”said Biruta.

“So this is an important report regarding the relations between the two countries because it means that the two countries can build a better relationship based on a common and clear understanding of the truth about what really happened.”

Recently, the French government also decided to release around 8,000 archives, some of which had previously been classified.

(With contribution from The New Times)

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