French President Emmanuel Macron said in Kigali that only Rwandans could forgive France for its role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
“France has disobeyed those who warned it of the impending Rwandan massacre and has de facto sided with the genocidal regime,” Macron said during a speech at the Gizozi Memorial in Kigali, where more than 250,000 killed the Tutsi people, reports “Reuters”.
But France, Macron said, was not complicit in the genocide.
La France a un rôle, une histoire, une responsabilité politique au Rwanda. Elle a un devoir : celui de regarder l’Histoire en face et de reconnaître la part de souffrance qu’elle a infligée au peuple rwandais en faisant trop longtemps prévaloir le silence sur l’examen de vérité. pic.twitter.com/78YU5P6o9X— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 27, 2021
“On this journey, only those who spent that night may be able to forgive and give us the gift of forgiveness,” Macron said.
Arriving in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, the French president was greeted by Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the AP reported, adding that the French president was trying to improve relations with the Central African country 27 years after the genocide.