Belgium: Kikwete Remarks On FDLR “Provocative”


treatment geneva;”>After the Thursday meeting, viagra 40mg the Belgian Minister said he was in the country to look at how relations between Belgium and Rwanda because his country considers Rwanda a key partner in the region:

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“During my meeting with the President we talked about regional problems and possible solutions and many other things related to our partnership. We consider Rwanda our main partner in development cooperation in the region and we are impressed by what Rwanda is doing and as it is, Rwanda is one of a few countries that will achieve most of the MDGs.”

Commenting on the rebellion in eastern Congo and President Jakaya Kikwete’s suggestion that Rwanda should consider negotiating with the Rwanda genocidal militia, FDLR, the Labille noted:

“We have to be careful when dealing with the crisis in Congo if we have to find a solution. I am not quite sure about the context in which the President made the comments about negotiations with FDLR, but I believe that we cannot demand Rwanda to negotiate with genocidaires when the country is still recovering from genocide. It’s a provocation more than it is a suggestion for a solution.”

Kikwete’s remarks at a recent African union Summit in Ethiopia that Rwanda should hold peace talks with the militia responsible for the 1994 genocide have rattled Kigali.

President Kagame described Kikwete’s comments as “utter nonsense” while Rwanda Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said they were “shocking” and “aberrant.”

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mary Baine said Rwanda considers Belgium a strategic partner since both countries are “involved in different development projects, most of which are key to our development.”

“In principal, Belgium is fulfilling their cooperation partnership agreement especially in the areas of health, decentralization and capacity building,” said Baine.

During his stay in the country, Labille also visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Gisozi, as well as Gatenga health center which is being constructed in Kicukiro with the support of the Belgian cooperation.

With the Rwanda Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Claver Gatete, Labille signed an agreement of €15 million support in a direct bilateral cooperation.


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