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Kagame repeats charge that France took part in Rwanda genocide

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame on Sunday once again accused France of "participating" in the 1994 genocide in an interview to mark the 20th anniversary of the killings. Speaking to the weekly Jeune Afrique, Kagame denounced the "direct role of Belgium and France in the political preparation for the genocide" and accused French soldiers who took part in the military humanitarian mission in the south of the country of being both accomplices and "actors" in the bloodbath that left at least 800,000 people dead. alc/cah/gd

Kagame renews charge that France took part in Rwanda genocide

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame has once again accused France of "participating" in the 1994 genocide in an interview to mark the 20th anniversary of the mass killings. Speaking to the weekly Jeune Afrique, Kagame denounced the "direct role of Belgium and France in the political preparation for the genocide". He also accused French soldiers who took part in a military humanitarian mission in the south of the former Belgian colony of being both accomplices and "actors" in the bloodbath.

Rwanda's foreign adventures test West's patience

By Edmund Blair and Jenny Clover KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame may dress in the sharp suits of a company CEO, but his language can be more like a drill sergeant when he grills his cabinet on its performance. "When you speak I find myself becoming impatient, almost to the point of being annoyed," the former military intelligence commander publicly berated a minister last month at an annual meeting of top officials on modernizing the tiny African state.

Rwanda 20 years on: Kagame no longer West's darling

Haunted by guilt that they failed to prevent the Rwandan genocide, Western powers have long stood by President Paul Kagame, whose then rebel forces brought the killings to a end. But now, on the 20th anniversary of the massacre, they have begun to distance themselves from their former hero as evidence mounts of new abuses by Kagame's own government. There has been no breakdown in ties, but in different ways and at different speeds, Rwanda's allies in Washington, London, Europe and in the United Nations have begun to adopt a tougher stance.

Rwanda: a genocide and justice glossary

The Rwandan genocide 20 years ago left some 800,000 people dead, mainly minority Tutsis. Here is a glossary of some of the most common terms used in connection with the genocide: Akazu: literally "the small house", designates the inner circle around the late president Juvenal Habyarimana and his wife Agathe. Some observers argue that the akazu never existed. Cachot: French term meaning "dungeon", used for local detention centres where prisoners arrested following the genocide were held, before being transferred to the central prisons.

Living with the killer next door, Rwandans grapple with reconciliation

The scene outside Frederic Kazigwemo's home is a typical rural Rwandan scene: a cow chews under a rickety shelter, cassava dries in the sun, women weave baskets and children play. But in Rwanda, where 20 years ago a genocide claimed over 800,000 lives, the difference is that Kazigwemo murdered his neighbours -- relatives of his wife's weaving partner and next-door neighbour in a "reconciliation village", where free housing comes at the price of forgiveness.

Twenty years on, Rwanda's genocide generation still press for justice

In an almost empty courtroom in Rwanda's capital Kigali, Leon Mugesera stands trial, accused of whipping up a storm of violence against the ethnic Tutsi group two decades ago with hate speech including calls to exterminate 'cockroaches'. More than 800,000 people died over 100 days in a 1994 genocide that investigations have shown the country's leaders from the majority Hutu ethnic group planned and used militias to execute.

S.Africa, Rwanda agree to resolve diplomatic row

Pretoria and Kigali have agreed to resolve a furious diplomatic row sparked by attacks on Rwandan dissidents exiled in Johannesburg, South African President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday. Speaking after meeting Tuesday in the Angolan capital Luanda with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame, Zuma told public broadcaster SABC that the two leaders had "agreed to share some detailed information and deal with the issues".

Ex Rwanda captain appeals landmark genocide sentence in France

Pascal Simbikangwa, the first Rwandan to be tried in France over his role in the devastating 1994 genocide, has appealed his 25-year prison sentence, his lawyers said on Tuesday. The 54-year-old former army captain was sentenced on Friday after a landmark six-week trial that was closely watched in France, which was accused of failing to rein in the Rwandan regime at the time of the genocide that left 800,000 dead.

French court sentences Rwandan over genocide

A French court sentenced a former Rwandan army captain to 25 years in prison over the 1994 genocide Friday, in a landmark ruling just weeks ahead of the massacre's 20th anniversary. Pascal Simbikangwa, a 54-year-old former member of the Rwandan presidential guard, was found guilty of perpetrating genocide and of complicity in crimes against humanity. Prosecutors in the trial -- the first of its kind in France -- have asked for life imprisonment for Simbikangwa, branding him an ethnic "cleanser" who was "radically committed" to his work and a "man capable of the worst".
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