Rwanda – Q&A – Excerpts from the daily press briefing (07.11.16)

Q - Rwanda’s National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) has just published a list of 22 French officers whom it blames for being actively complicit in the massacre. What is France’s reaction?

A - Let me remind you of the communiqué of the French Presidency on April 7, 2014, marking the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide: (…) “the Rwandan genocide was one of the worst atrocities of our time. The world was aware that it was being committed and was unable to prevent it. It was an affront to our humanity and our consciences. It is our duty to do everything we can to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again. Preventing genocides has become a cornerstone of France’s efforts abroad. It inspires our interventions in Africa and our efforts at the UN Security Council to limit the use of the veto for mass crimes.”

Furthermore, in order to impartially shed light on these events, France actively supported the establishment in November 1994 of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, created by the UN Security Council. Under the obligations flowing from Security Council resolution 955, France has closely cooperated with the tribunal. It was established in November 1994, and in May 1996, we adopted a law to recognize its primacy over French jurisdictions.