Laurent Fabius sets record straight on Rwanda

Rwanda – Reply by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, to a question in the National Assembly

Paris, 15 April 2014

When we talk about Rwanda, I think the first thing to be done in view of the appalling tragedy of the genocide which hit that country is to pay tribute to the memory of the victims. I do this on behalf of all the nation’s elected representatives.

As you pointed out, a mission from your Assembly has established the facts. I quote it: “Although France didn’t grasp the true extent of the Rwandan regime’s downward political spiral, it was the country which made the most efforts to warn of the 1994 tragedy and the only one to try and mobilize the international community to help the victims”.

This must never be forgotten when we look at various people’s responsibilities. As you emphasized, we had re-established good relations with the Rwandan government. But now statements – which clearly must be deemed unacceptable – have been made. And when statements are unacceptable, the role of France’s government is to deem them as such and say so.

This doesn’t mean the future is closed off. We’re cooperating with Rwanda in many spheres, notably in Mali and the Central African Republic. Other forms of cooperation are possible and we would like them to be established. But they can’t be established on the basis of something which isn’t the truth. And I’ve just said what the truth is./.

Published on 18/02/2016

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