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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, lesson the responsibility, or turn victims into villains," he said in a speech during commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide.

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.

France snubs Rwanda genocide commemorations after Kagame charge

France on Saturday pulled out of the 20th anniversary commemorations for the Rwandan genocide after President Paul Kagame again accused Paris of "participating" in the 1994 mass killings. Foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said France was "surprised" by Kagame's accusation, which went against reconciliation efforts between the two countries, and announced that Justice Minister Christiane Taubira had cancelled her plans to attend Monday's commemorations in Kigali. alc/cc/boc

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

Congo army hunts rebels deep into mountain bases

By Kenny Katombe BUNAGANA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Congo's army said on Thursday it was hunting rebels deep in the forests and mountains along the border with Rwanda and Uganda, the insurgents' last hideouts after they were driven from towns they seized during a 20-month rebellion. Peace talks between the government and M23 rebels resumed on Wednesday in neighboring Uganda but Congo's army appeared intent on crushing the most serious uprising in its mineral-rich east since a war ended a decade ago.

US urges DR Congo, rebels to reach peace deal

The United States called Thursday on the Democratic Republic of Congo and opposition rebels to end months of dragging negotiations and conclude a peace deal. The talks in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, began on September 10, but have yet to make any real progress. US special envoy to the Great Lakes Russ Feingold and the UN special envoy Mary Robinson are both in the region hoping to push the negotiations along.

Protesters rally against Rwandan president's Canada visit

Demonstrators rallied in Toronto Saturday against a private visit to Canada by Rwandan President Paul Kagame, urging his arrest. Shouting "No more killing!" and "Kagame is an assassin!" through megaphones, protesters brandished placards with photos of bloodied victims outside a luxury hotel where Kagame and his delegation were believed to be staying ahead of a meeting to mark Rwanda Day.

African leaders order restart of DR Congo rebel talks

Presidents from Africa's Great Lakes region on Thursday demanded that the Democratic Republic of Congo restart talks with rebels within three days to end rounds of brutal conflict. "Dialogue should resume within three days... and conclude within a maximum period of 14 days," the leaders said in a statement, after talks in the Ugandan capital aimed to broker a deal to end the fighting in resource-rich eastern DR Congo.

Rwanda backs DR Congo rebel transfer to trial: Kagame

Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Thursday all support would be given to ensure the swift extradition of Democratic Republic of Congo warlord Bosco Ntaganda to the International Criminal Court. Ntaganda, who turned himself in at the US embassy in Rwanda on Monday, is expected to be transferred for trial at The Hague-based ICC within days. "We will work to make what the US Embassy needs in relation to Bosco Ntaganda's case happen as fast as possible," Kagame said in a statement.
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