Paris (AP) – A commission that spent nearly two years exploring France’s role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide concluded on Friday that the country was too slow to assess the scale of the horror that left more than 800,000 people dead, but it cleared the massacre. for complicity.
The report said France had “heavy and overwhelming responsibilities” for the killings that led to the killings, which mainly resulted in casualties among the Rwandan Tutsi national minority. ,
Persistent claims that France did not make enough efforts to end the genocide under then-President Francois Mitterrand have damaged Franco-Rwandan relations since the 1990s.
As a result, in May 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron instructed a 15-member commission to shed light on what happened in Rwanda in 1990-1994.
Officials at Macron’s office say the survey is about improving relations not only with Rwanda but with the entire African continent, as other countries also have questions about what France once did.
The commission’s report accuses France of failing to fulfill its “political, institutional, intellectual, ethical (և) moral responsibility”, according to Macron’s office officials. The report states that investigators have found no evidence that French weapons were shipped to Rwanda after the genocide.
It also denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s military intervention in Rwanda have been made more than once.
The report later ruled out any “genocide complicity” by the French, saying there was no evidence of genocidal intent.
The report found military “decisions in the process of assessing the situation” – the resulting French government – military decisions. But the commission made it clear that their report was not intended to discredit individuals.
It is unclear whether the report will improve relations between France and Rwanda, in particular, will satisfy Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
Macron hoped the document would allow catharsis to allow France to end its demands, which had been slowing for more than a quarter of a century.