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Rwanda Invites Macron to Attend 25th Anniversary of Genocide


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Tue, 12 Mar 2019 13:29 GMT

Rwanda, which accused France of complicity in the 1994 genocide that killed some 800,000 of its citizens, said on Tuesday March 12th that it had invited President Emmanuel Macron to attend the 25th anniversary of the massacre on April 7th.

Kigali long insisted that France supported the Hutu regime and helped train the soldiers and militiamen who carried out the killing of minority ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

"President Macron has...been invited to the 25th commemoration of the 1994 genocide," Rwanda's state minister for foreign affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe, told AFP. 

Thus far, Macron has not indicated whether he will attend the event in the Rwandan capital.  

However, if he accepts, Macron will become only the second French president to visit the country since the genocide, which still poisons relations between the two nations. 

Nicolas Sarkozy was the first to visit Kigali in February 2010, when he admitted France had made "serious errors" but gave no apology. 

Paris has consistently denied any involvement in the massacre, which the UN says claimed about 800,000 lives in 100 days between April and July 1994.

In December, French judges dropped a long-running investigation into the killing of former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana in April 1994, the event that sparked the blood-letting.  

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