France shares Rwanda’s desire to build new chapter in their relations

Rwanda/Tutsi genocide - Statement by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

19 April 2021

On the occasion of the submission of the report requested by the Rwandan authorities, France welcomes a further step leading gradually towards a common historical understanding and shares the desire expressed by the Rwandan authorities to build a new chapter in relations between France and Rwanda./.

Rwanda – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 7 April 2021

The President has decided, through a general exemption, to open M. François Mitterrand’s presidential archives relating to Rwanda between 1990 and 1994, which are now freely accessible.

In keeping with his intention, already made public, this access is extended to include the archives of former prime minister M. Edouard Balladur.

Finally, by the same decision, all the documents quoted in the report by the Commission chaired by M. Vincent Duclert have also been made publicly available, following declassification work, by the ministries concerned (Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ministry for the Armed Forces, Ministry of the Economy, Finance and the Recovery, Ministry of Culture).

This decision is in line with the President’s commitment to create the conditions conducive to the continuation of work to understand France’s role and involvement in Rwanda.

France joins the Rwandan people in commemorating the Tutsi genocide and, on this day of remembrance, expresses its heartfelt compassion and solidarity with the survivors and the victims’ families./.

Published on 20/04/2021

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