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In Rwanda, observers close to the government of Paul Kagame welcome progress with the conclusions of the Duclert report on the genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda. But they stress that this is not necessarily enough. </p><div> <p><em>With our correspondent in Kigali,</em> <strong>Laure broulard</strong>
Jean-Paul Kimonyo is a researcher and former advisor to President Paul Kagame. He believes that the Duclert report clarifies the dynamics between the French decision-makers of the time and what was happening in Rwanda. However, he underlines a gap between the body of the report and its conclusion, which rules out the idea of complicity in genocide:
« The content of the report invalidates the conclusion that France was not complicit in genocide in Rwanda, in particular because of the very narrow definition that the report adopts in relation to the issue of complicity. One can be an accomplice in genocide without necessarily sharing the genocidal intention. »
« By apologizing, France would be part of this process of forgiveness »
For his part, John Ruku-Rwabyoma, a member of the ruling party, the RPF, welcomed the real progress, but pointed out shortcomings in the process.
« There are certain individuals who should be held accountable. And then, the possibility of compensation should be explored. But ultimately, what would go the furthest is that the French government apologize. Unity and Reconciliation has worked miracles in Rwanda. By apologizing, France would be part of this process of forgiveness which is part of our DNA. Says the deputy.
President Paul Kagame has so far not spoken on the subject. On Friday, the Foreign Ministry hailed an important step towards a common understanding the role of France in the genocide of the Tutsis. He also announced the forthcoming publication of another report, commissioned by the Rwandan government, on the subject.
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