Kagame accuses France of complicity in genocide

27th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

MONTREAL, April 26, 2006 (AFP) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame, during an unofficial visit to Canada, accused France of playing a "direct role" in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

MONTREAL, April 26, 2006 (AFP) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame, during an unofficial visit to Canada, accused France of playing a "direct role" in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

In an interview with La Presse published on Wednesday, Kagame said: "It was a direct role. The French gave direct aid to the government to commit the genocide in Rwanda.

"They participated by training local militia, by training the Interahamwe, by providing personnel to man roadblocks where passersby were asked their ethnicity. That is known. These are facts," he told the French-language newspaper.

"The international community must tell us why they do not look at these facts."

Kagame made several speeches and was awarded honors by a local university during his visit to Canada, sparking controversy.

The Rwandan president had previously accused France of complicity in the genocide, but the language he used in his comments to La Presse was stronger than in earlier remarks.

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