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Kouchner: France Must Apologise for Role in Rwanda Genocide

Caption: Kouchner says France must acknowledge and regret its role in the 1994 Rwanda tragedy

President Paul Kagame has said Rwanda’s politics is about building the nation, symptoms http://cmareno.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-press-this.php giving every citizen access to health, education and ensuring food security, Chimp Corps report.

Addressing thousands of residents of Nyagatare District in Gatunda Sector on the first day of his Eastern Province visit on Thursday, President Kagame, who was accompanied by the First Lady Jeanette Kagame, said Rwandans need good governance that is just, treats everyone equally and is trusted by citizens.

“We have moved away from bad politics defined by divisionism and empty promises. Our politics are about actions and centered on giving everyone dignity, seeing value in each other and working together to achieve our common goal,” said Kagame.

The politics of retribution, anger and tribalism created a fertile ground for the 1994 genocide in which over one million people mainly Tutsi were killed.

Kagame has since preached the gospel of equitable distribution of resources and socio-economic empowerment of all Rwandans regardless of tribe.

“Services are your right, not a favour from leaders. You should not accept corruption in exchange for services you are owed. We all have our part to play in denouncing and fighting corruption. Good governance must be at every level and be part of who we are.”

Evoking memories of battle in Gatunda sector 22 years ago during the liberation struggle, President Kagame stated that the struggle for liberation is over, and now the new struggle aims to give security to every Rwandan and the opportunity to earn a living.

“Our struggle is different from the one of 20 years ago. Today, our struggle is to liberate ourselves from poverty. Gatunda is a symbolic place in our struggle for liberation. 22 years ago some of us were standing right here where we are today.”

President Kagame and First Lady Jeanette Kagame continued their visit to the Eastern Province in Kirehe today Friday.
Following the recent arrest of Dr. Kizza Besigye’s former aide, medical http://cnet-training.com/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/buddypress/bp-em-templatetags.php Sam Mugumya in the DRC, page http://darkriver.net/wp-includes/class-simplepie.php opposition politicians under the Activists for Change have vowed to march to the Congolese embassy in Uganda and present their petition over the matter.

Speaking at a press conference held at Katonga Road, Nakasero in Kampala on Friday afternoon, A4C coordinator and Masaka member of parliament Mathias Mpuuga explained that this is not the first time Mugumya is being arrested but stressed that they can’t sit back and wait but rather try to find out his whereabouts.

“The state has duty to protect its citizens but Uganda has not done this. We are set to join efforts with all concerned people to demand that Mugumya is produced dead or alive. We have been awakened to the reality following the numerous contradicting statements made by both governments about Mugumya,” Mpuuga told journalists.

“We shall make a visit to the DRC embassy to present a petition to them demanding for a clear explanation from their government regarding the manner this matter has been handled as part of the international citizenry and also ensure he is accorded full human rights.”

Mpuuga further explained that a delegation of Uganda MPs and lawyers will later on next week set off for the DRC in a bid to seek for legal representation of Mugumya.

JEEMA President, Asuman Basaalirwa explained as laughable the explanations by both the DRC army spokesperson and the UPDF mouthpiece Paddy Ankunda for what he termed as contradicting statements about Mugumya’s arrest and detention.
“DRC is talking about illegal entry into their country yet the UPDF Spokesperson Ankunda is saying Mugumya was arrested for subversive activities. Who is speaking the truth here? In fact it’s laughable because if it was to be illegal entry why not deport him back to Uganda?” Basaalirwa wondered.

According to Basaalirwa, Besigye’s aide has rights that ought to be guaranteed by both DRC and Ugandan governments and therefore stressed the need for consular services for Mugumya.

Former FDC President Dr. Kizza Besigye however told journalists that what is happening to Mugumya has not taken him by surprise.

“This is simply part of the struggle and more is coming. These threats are only hardening us to brave for the fight against violation of our rights. It’s indeed an energizer to our fight,” Besigye noted.

Besigye Warns DRC Government
He added, “I am not worried myself about him because he is sufficiently both in body and mind prepared for what he is going through but I want the DRC government to treat the matter with utmost caution.”

The former presidential candidate warned that President Kabila ought not to treat the issue as a one man matter because it might have repercussions to him and the Kinshasa government.

“I hope he (Kabila) and his government as required by international law to protect Mugumya as a person persecuted and if anything happens to him as a result of actions of the Congolese officials, Ugandans will hold him accountable.”

 
Following the recent arrest of Dr. Kizza Besigye’s former aide, information pills http://danielpyne.com/wp-includes/load.php Sam Mugumya in the DRC, there http://dailycoffeenews.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/locales.php opposition politicians under the Activists for Change have vowed to march to the Congolese embassy in Uganda and present their petition over the matter.

Speaking at a press conference held at Katonga Road, case Nakasero in Kampala on Friday afternoon, A4C coordinator and Masaka member of parliament Mathias Mpuuga explained that this is not the first time Mugumya is being arrested but stressed that they can’t sit back and wait but rather try to find out his whereabouts.

“The state has duty to protect its citizens but Uganda has not done this. We are set to join efforts with all concerned people to demand that Mugumya is produced dead or alive. We have been awakened to the reality following the numerous contradicting statements made by both governments about Mugumya,” Mpuuga told journalists.

“We shall make a visit to the DRC embassy to present a petition to them demanding for a clear explanation from their government regarding the manner this matter has been handled as part of the international citizenry and also ensure he is accorded full human rights.”

Mpuuga further explained that a delegation of Uganda MPs and lawyers will later on next week set off for the DRC in a bid to seek for legal representation of Mugumya.

JEEMA President, Asuman Basaalirwa explained as laughable the explanations by both the DRC army spokesperson and the UPDF mouthpiece Paddy Ankunda for what he termed as contradicting statements about Mugumya’s arrest and detention.
“DRC is talking about illegal entry into their country yet the UPDF Spokesperson Ankunda is saying Mugumya was arrested for subversive activities. Who is speaking the truth here? In fact it’s laughable because if it was to be illegal entry why not deport him back to Uganda?” Basaalirwa wondered.

According to Basaalirwa, Besigye’s aide has rights that ought to be guaranteed by both DRC and Ugandan governments and therefore stressed the need for consular services for Mugumya.

Former FDC President Dr. Kizza Besigye however told journalists that what is happening to Mugumya has not taken him by surprise.

“This is simply part of the struggle and more is coming. These threats are only hardening us to brave for the fight against violation of our rights. It’s indeed an energizer to our fight,” Besigye noted.

Besigye Warns DRC Government
He added, “I am not worried myself about him because he is sufficiently both in body and mind prepared for what he is going through but I want the DRC government to treat the matter with utmost caution.”

The former presidential candidate warned that President Kabila ought not to treat the issue as a one man matter because it might have repercussions to him and the Kinshasa government.

“I hope he (Kabila) and his government as required by international law to protect Mugumya as a person persecuted and if anything happens to him as a result of actions of the Congolese officials, Ugandans will hold him accountable.”

 
Bernard Kouchner, price co-founder of Doctors Without Borders and former French Foreign Minister under President Nicolas Sarkozy, viagra http://chuaxuattinhsom.info/wp-content/themes/genesis/lib/classes/admin.php told Al Jazeera’s Head to Head that France should apologise for its role in the Rwandan genocide.

This is the first time a senior French official, and former member of the government, has made such a public admission.

Airing Friday 14 November 2014, this unprecedented admission launches the new series of Head to Head on Al Jazeera English with Mehdi Hasan.

The French doctor and politician tells Hasan and the audience at the Oxford Union that although in Rwanda “the French soldiers never killed anybody,” France had trained Rwandan soldiers “for three years,” some of whom went on to perpetrate massacres.

Kouchner, who witnessed the 1994 Rwandan genocide as a doctor there, said that later, as French Foreign Minister, he had “done his duty” towards the African country by restarting relations and organizing Sarkozy’s visit in February 2010, the first by a French President since the genocide.

Kouchner’s comments come in the wake of increased tensions between the two countries over the tragic events of twenty years ago.

In an interview in April with Francois Soudan of Jeuna Afrique, Rwandan President Paul Kagame blamed France directly for the killings, condemning the “direct role of Belgium and France in the political preparation for the genocide and the participation of the latter in its very execution.”

While Belgium has apologized for its role, France never has. When this was put to Bernard Kouchner by Hasan in the middle of a heated passage, he paused and finally accepted. This is the exchange:

Kouchner: “When I was Foreign Minister, we reconciliate, we reopen the diplomatic relation and with Mr Sarkozy, not only we visit Rwanda, but Kagame visited France.  So I did my duty!”

Hasan: “Why not apologise? Do you think the French government should apologise for its role in Rwanda?”

Kouchner: “Yes.”

In a fiery debate about the concept of humanitarian intervention and the “right to interfere”, Kouchner, who is considered one of the architects of the doctrine, claimed that it is “better to save one life than to do nothing,” and that he is “always on the side of the victims.”

Kouchner also admitted that he was fiercely opposed to Gaddafi’s official visit to Paris in 2007 and insisted that he had “refused to meet Gaddafi.”

When pressed by Hasan as to why he remained part of the government if he was so opposed to this,he admitted that it was a “contradiction in politics.”

 Massacres

Kouchner, who was head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) from 1999 to 2001, angrily rebutted the 2013 Amnesty International report accusing UNMIK of failing “to investigate the abduction and murders of Kosovo Serbs in the aftermath of the 1998-1999 conflict.”

He said: “Amnesty International was sitting on their ass” while “we were stopping a massacre.” Kouchner went on to affirm that the intervention in Kosovo was “one of the UN’s successes.”

Kouchner also said he believed the “UN security council needs reform” to include more African, Latin American or Asian members, and to ensure the future of the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P) doctrine.

The interview with Kouchner is part of the third series of Head to Head, which is Al Jazeera’s forum for ideas. During the interview, Kouchner and Hasan also discussed the French doctor-turned-politician’s personal journey and France’s recent interventions in Mali and Libya.

Hasan was joined by a panel of three experts: Lindsey German, convener of the Stop the War coalition; Barak Seener, associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute security think tank; and Hamza Hamouchene, president and founder of the Algerian Solidarity Campaign.

The third series also features controversial author and thinker Dr. Norman Finkelstein, and author and leading China defender Dr. Zhang Weiwei. In each episode, Hasan goes head to head with a special guest, asking the probing and hard-hitting questions few dare to ask on complex issues such as foreign intervention, ISIL and Iraq, China, US foreign policy, the EU and the economic crisis.

Humanitarian Intervention or Western Imperialism?with Bernard Kouchner will be broadcast this Friday, 14 November 2014 at 20.00 GMT/21.00CAT and will be repeated on Saturday, 15 November at 12.00 GMT/13.00CAT; Sunday, 16 November at 01.00 GMT/02.00 CAT and Monday, 17 November at 06.00 GMT/07.00CAT.
Bernard Kouchner, approved http://daylesfordartshow.com.au/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/src/tribe/venue.php co-founder of Doctors Without Borders and former French Foreign Minister under President Nicolas Sarkozy, symptoms http://couponadventures.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/validation.php told Al Jazeera’s Head to Head that France should apologise for its role in the Rwandan genocide.

This is the first time a senior French official, nurse http://davidyoho.com/wp-includes/date.php and former member of the government, has made such a public admission.

Airing Friday 14 November 2014, this unprecedented admission launches the new series of Head to Head on Al Jazeera English with Mehdi Hasan.

The French doctor and politician tells Hasan and the audience at the Oxford Union that although in Rwanda “the French soldiers never killed anybody,” France had trained Rwandan soldiers “for three years,” some of whom went on to perpetrate massacres.

Kouchner, who witnessed the 1994 Rwandan genocide as a doctor there, said that later, as French Foreign Minister, he had “done his duty” towards the African country by restarting relations and organizing Sarkozy’s visit in February 2010, the first by a French President since the genocide.

Kouchner’s comments come in the wake of increased tensions between the two countries over the tragic events of twenty years ago.

In an interview in April with Francois Soudan of Jeuna Afrique, Rwandan President Paul Kagame blamed France directly for the killings, condemning the “direct role of Belgium and France in the political preparation for the genocide and the participation of the latter in its very execution.”

While Belgium has apologized for its role, France never has. When this was put to Bernard Kouchner by Hasan in the middle of a heated passage, he paused and finally accepted. This is the exchange:

Kouchner: “When I was Foreign Minister, we reconciliate, we reopen the diplomatic relation and with Mr Sarkozy, not only we visit Rwanda, but Kagame visited France.  So I did my duty!”

Hasan: “Why not apologise? Do you think the French government should apologise for its role in Rwanda?”

Kouchner: “Yes.”

In a fiery debate about the concept of humanitarian intervention and the “right to interfere”, Kouchner, who is considered one of the architects of the doctrine, claimed that it is “better to save one life than to do nothing,” and that he is “always on the side of the victims.”

Kouchner also admitted that he was fiercely opposed to Gaddafi’s official visit to Paris in 2007 and insisted that he had “refused to meet Gaddafi.”

When pressed by Hasan as to why he remained part of the government if he was so opposed to this,he admitted that it was a “contradiction in politics.”

Kouchner, who was head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) from 1999 to 2001, angrily rebutted the 2013 Amnesty International report accusing UNMIK of failing “to investigate the abduction and murders of Kosovo Serbs in the aftermath of the 1998-1999 conflict.”

He said: “Amnesty International was sitting on their ass” while “we were stopping a massacre.” Kouchner went on to affirm that the intervention in Kosovo was “one of the UN’s successes.”

Kouchner also said he believed the “UN security council needs reform” to include more African, Latin American or Asian members, and to ensure the future of the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P) doctrine.

The interview with Kouchner is part of the third series of Head to Head, which is Al Jazeera’s forum for ideas. During the interview, Kouchner and Hasan also discussed the French doctor-turned-politician’s personal journey and France’s recent interventions in Mali and Libya.

Hasan was joined by a panel of three experts: Lindsey German, convener of the Stop the War coalition; Barak Seener, associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute security think tank; and Hamza Hamouchene, president and founder of the Algerian Solidarity Campaign.

The third series also features controversial author and thinker Dr. Norman Finkelstein, and author and leading China defender Dr. Zhang Weiwei. In each episode, Hasan goes head to head with a special guest, asking the probing and hard-hitting questions few dare to ask on complex issues such as foreign intervention, ISIL and Iraq, China, US foreign policy, the EU and the economic crisis.


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