Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame officially received the report of the Commission on France’s role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
French historian Vincent Duclert handed it over to Kagame on Friday, April 9.
The team of experts and researchers was commissioned in 2019 by French President Emmanuel Macron to probe the then French government’s role in the 1994 Genocide in which over a million people were killed.
At the time, a government statement indicated that the report represents an important “step towards a common understanding of France’s role in the 1994 Genocide”, something that Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Vincent Biruta, reiterated on Friday.
Biruta also noted that the current French government has taken a major step in making a bold decision to try and establish clarity about the European country’s role in Rwanda’s dark past.
“It is therefore an important report regarding the relations between the two countries because it means that both countries can build a better relationship based on a common and clear understanding of the truth about what really happened.”
Recently, the French government also moved to make public about 8,000 archives including some that were previously classified.