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Rwanda marks 20th anniversary of genocide

Monday, April 07, 2014 - 01:50

April 7 - President Paul Kagame stokes diplomatic row between Rwanda and France over genocide involvement, during ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of slaughter in his country. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A flame is lit in Kigali marking two decades since 800,000 people were butchered in the Rwanda genocide. A host of world leaders joined the ceremony. But France, an ally of the former government did not take part. Rebel-turned-president, Paul Kagame has renewed charges that Paris had a "direct role" in the killings. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RWANDAN PRESIDENT PAUL KAGAME SAYING: "The passage of time should not obscure the facts, lessen the responsibility or turn victims into villains. People can not be bribed or forced into changing their history and no country is powerful enough, even when they think they are to change the facts." France has acknowledged mistakes in its dealings with Rwanda, but has repeatedly dismissed accusations it trained militias to take part in the massacres.

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Rwanda marks 20th anniversary of genocide

Monday, April 07, 2014 - 01:50