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Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government’s position is on the French judicial authorities’ indictment of President Kagame of Rwanda for his role in the genocide. (104209)

We understand that a French judge carried out an investigation into the shooting down of President Habyarmana’s plane in 1994 at the request of the families of the French crew that died in the crash. The French authorities have issued arrest warrants for nine Rwandan officials. We are not aware of an arrest warrant for President Kagame.

We applaud the progress made in Rwanda since the genocide. The UK has been a leading donor for several years and we will continue to support Rwandan development and the country’s impressive efforts to move forward after the appalling events of 1994.