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Ven 26 Fév 10:07:02 GMT 2010

Friday, 26th February 2010

    Genocidaires should be hunted down and punished – Sarkozy

President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Kagame address a joint press
conference yesterday in Kigali. (Photo Urugwiro Village)	
    By Kennedy Ndahiro
    KIGALI - President
Nicolas Sarkozy of France yesterday said that everyone who took part in
the 1994Genocide against the Tutsi should be hunted down and punished. He said this while on a one-day visit to Rwanda where he held talks with President Paul Kagame at Urugwiro Village. “There
should be no ambiguity; we want all those responsible to be hunted down
and punished, the tough-talking Sarkozy told a joint press conference
after the meeting.  “I told President Kagame, that those who
carried it out, wherever they are, must be found and punished. Are
there any in France? It is up to justice to tell us”. He pointed
out that France recently denied political asylum to one of them and
that a judicial inquiry targeting others is currently ongoing. Though
Sarkozy did not officially apologise for whatever role his country
played in the Genocide, he admitted that great mistakes were made that
cost the lives of over a million people. “There were serious
errors of judgment. Political mistakes were committed here that
absolutely had dramatic consequences,” admitted the French President. “What
happened here was a failure by humanity, it left an indelible mark.
What happened obliges the international community, including France, to
reflect on the errors that made them fail to prevent and stop the
heinous crime”. President Kagame thanked the French Head of
State for his “openness” and the “frank dialogue” both have had in the
past two years. “Rwanda and France have had a difficult past, but we are here today to affirm a new partnership,” said Kagame. 
revealed that they had discussed how both countries could foster a
strong partnership for the future, and agreed to explore mutually
beneficial opportunities in a number of sectors, including trade and
investment, education and health as well as cultural exchanges. “We look forward to a friendship based on mutual respect and close collaboration in pursuing our shared interests”.
the issue of Rwanda switching from French to English as the language of
instruction in schools, President Kagame set the record straight,
saying that it was not triggered by the collapse of diplomatic
relations in 2006, but rather by the need for Rwanda ‘to be the best it
can be’. “I want to make it clear, that in the first place, we
did not stop teaching, learning or speaking French in Rwanda. In fact,
we have not stopped our membership to the francophone family of
nations. We are still members and want to continue being a member,” he
pointed out. “We are basically ready to speak other languages
including French and English. In fact there have been suggestions that
we should maybe start learning Chinese”. President Sarkozy
announced that he had personally invited President Kagame to a
Franco-Africa summit that will be held in Nice mid this year. “I
think it is a great symbol of our reciprocal trust and our capability
to turn the page… It does not take away the pain, the mistakes or the
difficulties, but it makes it possible to think about the future,”
underlined the French President. Rwanda broke off diplomatic
relations with France following a string of controversial and
subsequently  discredited indictments by a French judge against senior
Rwandan officials in November 2006. Ends

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