France given ultimatum by Genocide survivors

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François Hollande, President of France, recently ordered the release of Rwandan Genocide dossier, but will the French grant full access to all the files including those that might implicate them in the 1994 massacres in Rwanda?

 

Survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi have dared the French government to produce all documents relating to the massacres between 1990 and 1995, in one week.

Recently the French government announced the de-classification of the classified files from diplomatic and military advisors and minutes from ministerial and defense meetings between 1990 and 1994 known as the Elysée Archives, but the survivors have demanded full access to the authentic documents.

While the Rwandan President Paul Kagame and experts have cast doubt on the French move, prompting the demand by the survivors.

French President Francois Hollande made the declassification announcement Tuesday, and Rwanda wants to know the role of the French in the genocide activities between 1990 and 1994.

During the commemoration of the 21st Genocide memorial, President Kagame expressed reservations about the files.

“We will accept truth behind the release of the documents after verifying that they are not infiltrated,” he said.

Meanwhile, Prof Linda Melvern, a British investigative journalist, says there could have been an intentional delay to de-classify the documents because the French government didn’t want the world know about its precise role in the planning of the genocide against the Tutsi.

Rwanda’s justice minister, Johnston Busingye welcomed the declassification but still accused Paris of having an indirect role, saying that this will shed light on Rwanda’s inquest.

The doubts have also been unrelenting after a French court set free Claude Muhayimana, who was accused of participating in the killing of thousands of Tutsis in Kibuye, Western Rwanda.

On April 7 Rwanda commenced the official commemorations of the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994, which left nearly 1,000,000 dead between April and July that year.

This year’s event is organized under the theme; “Fight Against Genocide Denial and Revisionism.”

Ties between France and Rwanda remain shaky, and last year, just before activities to mark the 20th commemoration of genocide commenced, President Kagame accused Paris of complicity in the genocide because of its support of the Hutu government that carried out the mass slaughter, mainly of ethnic Tutsis.

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