UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon about the report on Rwanda-led genocide against Hutus: “We are interested in establishing all the facts”
Kigali – The United Nations asked Rwanda to submit its concerns by the end of this month about a leaked report that accuses the country’s army of atrocities in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
“These concerns will be released simultaneously with the report,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters today in Kigali, the Rwandan capital.
Ban, who arrived in Kigali last night on an unannounced visit, said he held talks today with Rwandan President Paul Kagame about the leaked draft of a mapping report by the UN refugee agency.
Le Monde, the Paris-based newspaper, reported on Aug. 26 that investigators from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees uncovered mass human-rights abuses in Congo in the 1990s, including the possible genocide of ethnic Hutus by Rwandan forces. Rwanda’s government said on Aug. 27 that the report was “immoral and unacceptable,” and threatened to recall its forces from UN peacekeeping missions if it was published unchanged. The UN postponed releasing the report until October.
“We are interested in establishing all the facts regarding the mapping exercise,” Ban said. “We discussed in depth and I have listened very carefully to serious concerns.”
The Rwandan Patriotic Front army entered Congo in 1994 in pursuit of the perpetrators of a genocide that left 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus dead, according to the government.
Rwanda’s government “will not allow Rwandan defense forces to be accused of genocide,” Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said at the briefing with Ban today.