KIGALI, Rwanda – Rwanda's President Paul Kagame said Monday that the perpetrators of the 1994 genocide feel repentant for killing some 800,000 people and that is helping the country to find reconciliation.
started 25 years ago and in which Hutu extremists slaughtered Tutsis and Hutus who tried to protect them during a 100-day period.
"Reconciliation is also one choice that is a new nation of hope." has taken root, "said Kagame in a press conference in the capital, Kigali. "It has happened because even perpetrators have come out to say 'We are sorry.'
" "They (the genocide's perpetrators) have come out to show remorse," he said. a circle of reconciliation. "
The mass killing or Rwanda's Tutsi minority was ignited on April 6, 1
The Tutsi minority was blamed for downing the plane and the bands of Hutu militants began slaughtering the Tutsi, with support from the army, police, and militias.
He said Rwandans coming together on problems "we have had to address is key. It is one of the choices that have enabled us to make this progress. "Kagame said Rwanda is building a new relationship with France, which previously had its role in the genocide.
" a conversation going on how to improve the relationship with Rwanda, "said Kagame." France is also making good steps on matters of Africa generally. "
On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron ordered to investigate and commission French researchers. The "role and involvement of France" in Rwanda from 1990-1994 It is to make conclusions within two years.
Kagame has won praise for ending that violence and making advances in economic development and health care. of the rule of Kagame, Rwanda's de facto leader since the genocide ended in 1994 and the country's president since 2000. He is credited with bringing Rwanda stability, economic growth and improved health and education.
However, Kagame's critics charge that he is intolerant of criticism and his government is repressive, jailing opposition leaders
On Sunday, to mark the start of the genocide, Kagame and several world leaders gathered with some 30,000 people at the Nationality in the capital for a candlelight ceremony.
"We Rwandans have granted ourselves a new beginning. We exist in a state of permanent commemoration, every day, all that we do, "said Kagame on Sunday." Today, light radiates from this place. "
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