RWANDA-FRANCE:Genocide: The ambassador of France was banned from partcipating in the commemorations of Rwandan genocide by the Rwandan authorities
Rwandan authorities withdrew the accreditation of the Ambassador of France to Kigali the ceremonies commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda , preventing not only represent Paris, announced Monday the diplomat told AFP.
"Today at 22:30, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Rwanda called me to inform me that I was no longer licensed for ceremonies," said Michel Flesch, indicating that it would therefore not at Amahoro Stadium - the largest stadium in the Rwandan capital - where President Kagame should start in the morning official commemorations.
Moreover, "the question of whether I could make it in the afternoon at the memorial (genocide) Gisozi to lay a wreath, he was told'' not'' 'a- he added.
France, allied in 1994 the Hutu cause of genocide and whose role in the killings remains controversial extremist regime had initially decided on Saturday to cancel his participation in the ceremonies, after what Mr. Kagame, before announcing Sunday night she would be represented by its ambassador.
Setback to the normalization of relations between France and Rwanda
This new tension between Kigali and Paris marks a setback to the normalization of relations between the two countries, despite a formal reconciliation in 2010, still very unstable. France has admitted in 2010 "grave errors of judgment" in Rwanda but has refused to apologize, expected by Kigali.
Commemorations of the 10th anniversary of the genocide in 2004 had been marked by a serious incident between Kigali and Paris. The French delegation, led by Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs at the time, Muselier, had shortened his visit, after Mr. Kagame in was caught in his speech to the French who "have the audacity to stay there without excuse. "