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World Belgian diplomats recalled to Brussels following complaints from the Rwandan government

04:50  03 june  2020
04:50  03 june  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Two Belgian diplomats stationed in Kigali were recalled to Brussels following complaints from the Rwandan government. They returned to Europe in late May. In question, a tribute to the Belgian peacekeepers assassinated in 1994 during the first day of the genocide of the Tutsis. A tribute organized before the official start of commemorations this year. This is in any case the reason mentioned by the Rwandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Belgium was a colonial power in Rwanda and had a deep political connection with their government even after decolonization. Starting with April 7, Belgium demanded an extension from the UN of UNAMIR's mandate in order to evacuate the 1,520 Belgian residents.

The Belgian government continued to rely on the Tutsi power structure for administering the Belgian rule reinforced an ethnic divide between the Tutsi and Hutu, and they supported Tutsis Shore of Lake Kivu at Gisenyi. Following World War II, Ruanda-Urundi became a United Nations

"This is a way to minimize and distort the symbolism of the commemoration of the genocide," said a source close to the government, to explain the dissatisfaction of the Rwandan authorities. Dissatisfaction expressed a few weeks ago with the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Belgian embassy in Kigali, who then decided to recall the first secretary of the embassy and the military attaché in Brussels, according to the Rwandan press release.

No comments so far from the Belgian authorities. The c official commemorations of the genocide against the Tutsis begin each year on April 7 in Rwanda. April 6, the anniversary of the fall of Hutu President Juvenal Habyarimana's plane, is controversial because it is commemorated by circles considered by Holocaust deniers.

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