France Declassifies Rwanda Genocide Documents

France Declassifies Rwanda Genocide Documents

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame (AP Photo/Carl Court, File)
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame (AP Photo/Carl Court, File)

 

(Telegraph) – France on Tuesday declassified documents in the presidential archives relating to the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which Kigali accuses Paris of having an indirect role.

A decision to declassify the papers was signed on Tuesday and concerns “documents in the Elysee relating to Rwanda between 1990 and 1995,” spanning the genocide which claimed at least 800,000 lives, a source in François Hollande’s entourage said.

“The president had announced a year ago that France must provide proof of transparency and facilitate remembrance of this period,” the source said.

The papers, which include documents from diplomatic and military advisers ad well as minutes from ministerial and defence meetings, will be available to both researchers and victims’ associations, the French presidency said.

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