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Emotional scenes as Rwanda marks 20th anniversary of genocide

Rwanda on Monday held solemn commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide, with many survivors overcome with grief as they relived the trauma of the massacres that left nearly a million dead. The events also bore reminders of festering anger, as a major diplomatic row broke out over renewed allegations of French complicity in the genocide.

Rwanda president hits out at France during genocide commemorations

Rwandan President Paul Kagame took a thinly-veiled swipe at France on Monday, saying it was impossible to "change the facts" about the genocide 20 years ago. "The passage of time should not obscure the facts, lessen the responsibility, or turn victims into villains," he said in a speech during commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide.

Rwanda president hits out at France during genocide commemorations

Rwandan President Paul Kagame took a thinly-veiled swipe at France on Monday, saying it was impossible to "change the facts" about the genocide 20 years ago. "The passage of time should not obscure the facts, lessen the responsibility, or turn victims into villains," he said in a speech during commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide.

Emotional scenes as Rwanda marks 20th anniversary of genocide

Rwanda on Monday held solemn commemorations to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide, with many survivors overcome with the emotion of reliving the trauma of the massacres that left nearly a million dead. The events also bore reminders of festering anger as a major diplomatic row broke out over renewed allegations of French complicity in the genocide. Paris had cancelled a ministerial visit in response to the accusations by Rwandan President Paul Kagame, and on Monday the French ambassador was barred from attending commemoration ceremonies.

French ambassador barred from Rwanda genocide commemorations

The French ambassador to Rwanda said Monday he has been barred from attending events marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide, amid a major diplomatic row surrounding France's controversial role in the events of 1994. "Yesterday night the Rwandan foreign ministry telephoned to inform me that I was no longer accredited for the ceremonies," the French ambassador, Michel Flesch, told AFP.

Rwanda mourns the dead 20 years after genocide

Solemn commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of Rwanda's genocide on Monday bore reminders of a festering anger as a major diplomatic row broke out over allegations of France's complicity in the 1994 massacres. The French ambassador to Kigali said he had been barred from the commemorations after Paris decided to cancel a ministerial visit in response to the renewed accusations by Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Rwanda tells France to face 'difficult truth' of genocide role

Rwanda on Sunday told France to face up to the "difficult truth" of its role in the 1994 genocide, amid a major diplomatic spat on the eve of commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of the killings. The French government has decided to boycott Monday's events after Rwandan President Paul Kagame again accused France, an ally of the Hutu nationalist government prior to the 1994 killings, of having helped the murder of 800,000 ethnic Tutsis take place.

Rwanda says France must face 'difficult truth' of role in genocide

Rwanda on Sunday called on France to face up to the "difficult truth" of its role in the 1994 genocide, amid a diplomatic spat ahead of commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of the killings. "For our two countries to really start getting along, we will have to face the truth, the truth is difficult, the truth of being close to anybody who is associated with genocide understandably is a very difficult truth to accept," Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said.

Rwanda genocide anniversary marred by row with France

Preparations in Rwanda Sunday for the commemorations for the 20th anniversary of the genocide were overshadowed by a major spat with France amid renewed allegations that Paris was complicit in the killings. The French government announced that it was pulling out of Monday's events after Rwandan President Paul Kagame again accused France, an ally of the Hutu nationalist government prior to the 1994 killings, of having helped the murder of 800,000 ethnic Tutsis take place.

Men behind Rwandan genocide languish in Mali prison

Stretching their legs in a sunkissed gravel prison courtyard in Mali, two of the architects of Rwanda's genocide serve out their sentences far from home, 20 years after leading the slaughter. Theoneste Bagosora, bespectacled and sporting a gleaming pair of tennis shoes, cuts a far more serene figure than he did as the army chief described as "the Heinrich Himmler of Rwanda" who ordered an "apocalypse" which left 800,000 dead.
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