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Jeu 25 Fév 10:46:14 GMT 2010

Thursday, 25th February 2010

    Sarkozy arrives today

    By Edmund Kagire
    KIGALI - French President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to arrive in the country today for a working visit expected to last half-a day.  Upon
arrival, Sarkozy will visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre at
Gisozi and thereafter, hold talks with President Paul Kagame at
Urugwiro Village from where the two Heads of State are scheduled to
hold a joint press conference.  In an interview with The New Times, Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, said that Sarkozy’s visit is an important milestone. “President
Sarkozy’s visit is an important step in the normalisation of diplomatic
relations between the two countries. We will be more than happy to
welcome him, much as we know that there are still some outstanding
issues to discuss.” Mushikiwabo noted that the visit will “not
be just about normalising relations” but it will also provide Rwanda
with a direct platform to discuss with France how the two countries can
move forward.  “We will be more than ready to engage on various
issues, including the indictments and the issue of respect and
independence of the judiciary of both countries,” said Mushikiwabo. She
said that discussions will also centre on the “the direct
participation” of some top French officials at the time in the 1994
Genocide against the Tutsi.  She however added that while the
‘political dialogue’ to address outstanding concerns goes on,
diplomatic and other forms of France-Rwanda cooperation will continue
uninterrupted. “The political dialogue on some of these issues
which stem back from 1994 will continue, but as I speak today, the
cooperation is already in full throttle. We have already received
people from France ready to venture into business and investment,” “As
we have said earlier, we are a forward-looking country and the past
will not deter us from moving forward. President Sarkozy also came into
office with a positive approach to issues and we will be more than
ready to engage,” Mushikiwabo said. She further noted that what
the two countries are looking at is a new relationship that will be
based on mutual understanding and respect, where the sovereignty of
each is held in high esteem. Ends

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