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Macron joins Rwandans to commemorate

By IGIHE
On 8 April 2021 at 08:16

French President, Emmanuel Macron has joined Rwandans for the 27th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi highlighting that it is an opportunity to contemplate on genocide victims, their families and survivors.

He delivered the message via Twitter handle yesterday few hours after granting public access to archives on Rwanda, France relations between 1990 and 1994.

“President Emmanuel Macron decided to open François Mitterrand’s presidential archives relating to Rwanda between 1990 and 1994. This access is extended to the archives of Édouard Balladur and to documents cited in the Duclert Commission report,” reads a tweet by France Presidency.

These archives were utilized by Duclert committee which recently released a report showing France’s role during history that led to Genocide against Tutsi.

Following the revelation, Macron released a message joining Rwandans in commemoration of genocide victims noting that granting such access is a way to discovering the truth.

“We think of the victims of Genocide against Tutsi, the survivors, their families and Rwandans. Depicting the truth must continue through the opening of the archives of this period,” he said.

Macron is among French President after the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi with willingness to revitalize relations with Rwanda that had for long been damaged by the country’s denial of complicity during genocide.

Apart from establishing a committee of historians to investigate his country’s role during Genocide against Tutsi, Macron also dedicated 7th April for commemoration of Genocide against Tutsi in France.

As Rwanda began the 27th commemoration yesterday morning; France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean Yves Le Drian, accompanied by Rwanda’s ambassador in France, Dr. Francois Xavier Ngarambe laid wreaths at a memorial of Genocide against Tutsi in Paris to honor genocide victims.

President Paul Kagame with his counterpart Emmanuel Macron in a joint press briefing in 2018.

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