Rwanda Opposition Figure Writes To New French President
Rwanda People’s Party (RPP) President John Karuranga has Monday congratulated Francois Hollande upon defeating Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday’s hotly contested France Presidential elections.
Karuranga wishes Hollande success in the execution of his duties.
Below is the full letter:
On the occasion of your election as President of the Republic of France, allow me, on my personal behalf and on behalf of my party, the Rwanda People’s Party (RPP), to extend my sincere congratulations and wishes for every success in the execution of your important and responsible position.
The role and significance of your country in promoting global democracy, peace and security and as well as safe, stable and prosperous Europe place enormous responsibility on your shoulders.
The Rwanda - France colonial relationship is also a relationship of the two peoples. The people of France and Rwanda previous shared a good bilateral relationship dating back for many years.
This partnership benefited the people of both countries.
The relations of the two countries have been strained since the tragic events of 1994 for which we don’t apportion blame but want to learn lessons.
Despite the continued political set-back between our two countries, I am pleased to inform you that our two nations and people are still linked by the bonds of friendship which have been intimately connected for decades of years.
It is in this spirit of dialogue that we wish to amend the strained relationship between the France and Rwanda in order to move forward to expand our collaboration, build on our common goals and promote freedom and democracy in our sister countries.
Indeed, I believe we share the opinion that without accelerated dialogue between our sister nations, the avenue that leads to our common goals, stability and prosperity for our people, will be difficult.
Once again, please accept, Mr. Hollande, my congratulations and the assurances of my highest consideration.
John V KARURANGA, President
Rwanda People’s Party
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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