6 April 2014

Rwanda: France to Boycott Rwanda Genocide Commemoration

Alain Juppé, who was French foreign minister at the time of the Rwandan genocide 20 years ago, says accusations by Kigali that France carries ... ( Resource: Former French FM Calls Rwanda Genocide Claim 'Insulting' )

France has pulled out of the 20th anniversary commemorations for the Rwandan genocide after Rwanda's President Paul Kagame accused Paris of participating in the 1994 mass killings.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Romain Nadal said France was "surprised" by Kagame's accusation, which went against reconciliation efforts between the two countries and announced that Justice Minister Christiane Taubira would not attend Monday's commemorations in Kigali, as previously planned.

In an interview with Jeune Afrique magazine published Sunday, Kagame accused French soldiers in the south of the former Belgian colony of being both accomplices and "actors" in the bloodbath.

Paris has repeatedly denied the accusations and insisted that French forces had striven to protect civilians.

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