Home | News    Tuesday 22 February 2005

Rwandan president to visit Darfur


By EDWARD RWEMA, Associated Press Writer

KIGALI, Rwanda, Feb 21, 2005 (AP) — Sudan was to receive a visit from the president of Rwanda, where a genocide a decade ago has been pointed to as a cautionary tale for the world when it comes to responding to violence in the western Sudanese region of Darfur.

JPEG - 5.7 kb
Paul Kagame

Rwanda’s Paul Kagame may visit Darfur, where Rwandan troops are participating in an African Union force, Rwandan Minister of State for Cooperation Protais Mitali said Monday.

Mitali said that during a three-day state visit starting Tuesday, Kagame was to discuss Darfur, regional conflicts and bilateral relations with Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir.

During commemorations last year of the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, many observers said that the international community moved too slowly to prevent thousands of deaths in this central African country, and called for quicker and more decisive action on Darfur.

Kagame also has drawn parallels, saying in August as 140 Rwandan troops prepared to join the peacekeeping force in Darfur: "Our forces will not stand by and watch innocent civilians being hacked to death like the case was here in 1994."

United Nations observers in Rwanda did not intervene during the genocide because they lacked such a mandate.

The Rwandan troops are part of an African Union force whose mandate is to protect unarmed military observers monitoring an oft-violated Darfur cease-fire.

The Sudanese government is accused of responding to a rebellion among ethnic African tribes in Darfur by backing a scorched-earth campaign by ethnic Arab militia known as Janjaweed. The United Nations has accused the government and the Janjaweed of widespread human rights abuses, and recommended war crimes trials.

The United States accused the Sudanese government and the Janjaweed of genocide.

In Rwanda, more than 500,000 minority Tutsis and political moderates from the Hutu majority were killed in a campaign involving government troops, Hutu militia and villages organized by an extremist Hutu government.

The genocide ended when then-rebels led by Kagame captured the Rwandan capital, Kigali, and ousted the extremist government on July 4, 1994.

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Salient features of South Sudan latest peace deal 2018-09-21 05:36:06 By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi Last week, the government of South Sudan under President Salva Kiir, various armed and unarmed opposition groups and other parties, including the SPLM/A-IO led by Dr (...)

Open letter to South Sudan Civil Aviation Authority 2018-09-19 04:05:10 By Telar Ring Deng On the cold morning of 9th September 2018, we were all in utter shock and bewilderment at the very tragic accident that occurred in Eastern Lakes State when a Plane crashed (...)

Sudanese have become prey of mercenaries and Janjawid militias 2018-09-17 09:59:30 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The Janjaweed bandits have been raging in the land of Darfur in particular and Sudan in general with corruption, havoc and destruction, more than a decade on. The (...)


Latest Press Releases

Unity State community in Kenya supports Khartoum peace agreement 2018-08-17 08:33:21 PRESS STATMENT 14th Aug, 2018 Re: We shall Rally behind Khartoum Peace Agreement The Unity State Community Association in Kenya was established in 2010 to organize and mobilize the people of (...)

The Suspension of Hurriyat Online Newspaper 2018-04-29 07:04:37 Sudan Democracy First Group 28 April 2018 The Sudanese civil and political circles and those concerned with Sudan were shocked by the news that the management of Hurriyat online newspaper has (...)

Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan 2018-04-22 10:01:20 UN Secretary-General, New York African Union Commission, Addis Ababa UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan (...)


Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.