UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon visits Rwanda one day after Kagame’s swearing-in
The UN Secretary General has arrived in Rwanda on Tuesday September 7 amid allegations by UN report that Rwanda troops may have committed genocide against Hutus in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 1990’s.
The report, whose publication the United Nations has delayed until Oct. 1, said in the leaked draft that Rwandan troops may have committed genocide in the 1990s against Rwandan Hutus who had been driven into neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Following those allegations, Rwanda immediately announced it will stop its UN commitments and will pull out peacekeepers troops in Darfur if the UN goes ahead and publishes the report.
U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said Ban flew into the Rwandan capital Kigali on the unannounced visit. He would meet later on Tuesday with Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo and would see President Paul Kagame on Wednesday, Haq said.
Fearing that the UN would be tempted to succumb to Kagame’s pressure and cover up Rwandan troops crimes, Rwandans and many observers have already expressed their concerns to the UN Secretary General and hope that the report will be published as it has been written by the UN experts. (see “If you succumb to Kigali’s pressure, you will be held responsible”, UN Secretary is told )