Rwanda rejects proposal by Tanzanian president that it should talk with Hutu rebels who committed the 1994 Rwandan Genocide
The government of Rwanda has reacted angrily to proposals by Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete, that the government in Kigali should consider direct talks with rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda who are accused of carrying out the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Mr. Kikwete made the proposal two weeks ago in Addis Ababa when he and Rwandan, Ugandan and Congolese president held a meeting with the secretary general of the united Nations, Ban Ki-Moon. He said Congolese territory was being used by armed groups to destabilise Congo itself, Rwanda and Uganda and asked President Joseph Kabila to begin by taliking to the M 23 rebels. He also asked Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni and Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, to begin talks with the rebels who want to overthrow their governments. The government of Rwanda said at the weekend that talking to the rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda is a sensitive issue because of their involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Some of their leaders are on the international list of wanted criminals. A senior Rwandan government official said on Monday that President Kiketwe is indifferent to the threat the rebels pose to Rwanda’s security and reminded him that the United States had blacklisted the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda as a terrorist organisation in 2005, and its overall commander Sylvestre Mudacumura is wanted for war crimes and crimes against humanity. He said Rwanda would not hold talks with a group that continues to harbor desires to commit another genocide.