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Kagame hails French report on 1994 Genocide against Tutsi as a ’big step forward’

By France 24
On 18 May 2021 at 09:49

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24 and RFI during a visit to Paris on Monday 17th May 2021, President Paul Kagame hailed as "a big step forward" a report by French historians released in April that concluded France had an "overwhelming" responsibility for the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. He added that Kigali and Paris now have a chance to move forward.

The report (in French), which was years in the making, concluded that France remained a collaborator with the regime of the then President Juvenal Habyarimana that was behind the deaths of over 1 million victims in just 100 days and was "unwavering in its support" even when Genocide plans were clear.

France has long been accused of complicity during Genocide against Tutsi. Asked if he would like France to apologise for the events of 1994, Kagame said he would not demand an apology but said he would "appreciate" one, if it were forthcoming.

He also discussed violence in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo and did not rule out the possibility of joint military operations with Kinshasa.

Asked about the trial Paul Rusesabagina who was arrested last year in Rwanda, Kagame called for a "fair trial" but labelled Rusesabagina a "criminal".


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