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President Kagame receives Interpol President

Kigali, 14 April 2014

President Kagame today received Milleille Balestrazzi, the Interpol President who is in the country to attend the Interpol International Expert Meeting, the first meeting of its kind to be held in a country that experienced genocide. She was accompanied to the meeting by Ronald Noble, the Interpol Secretary General.

Speaking to the Press after the meeting, the Interpol President said her discussions with President Kagame concerned the upcoming 84th Interpol General Assembly which will be hosted by Rwanda, and plans by Interpol to track down genocide suspects.

“We had a pleasant meeting with the President and we talked about the impressive progress that this country has realized in just 20 years. We also talked about plans by Interpol offer support in tracking down genocide suspects around the world and make sure they face justice.”

Historical clarity is a duty of memory that we cannot escape

Kigali, 7 April 2014

President Kagame today led the nation in commemorating the genocide against the Tutsi for the 20th time, at Amahoro National Stadium. President Kagame, together with visiting world leaders who joined Rwandans during the commemoration, laid wreaths in honor of the hundreds of victims laid to rest at the Kigali Memorial Center before lighting the Kwibuka flame.

In his commemoration speech a Amahoro Stadium, President Kagame paid tribute the genocide survivors and Rwandans who defied the call to genocide and those who give voice to their remorse.

“We have pursued justice and reconciliation as best we could. But it does not restore what we lost. Time and again these past twenty years, Rwandans have given of themselves. You have stood before the community to bear witness and listened to others do the same. You have taken responsibility and you have forgiven. Your sacrifices are a gift to the nation. They are the seed from which the new Rwanda grows. Thank you for allowing your humanity and patriotism to prevail over your grief and loss. Thank you very much.”

President Kagame receives UN Secretary General

Kigali, 6 April 2014

President Kagame today received the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon who arrived in the country to join Rwandans during the 20th commemoration of the genocide.

Talking to the press after the meeting with President Kagame, the UN Secretary General said he was in the country to join Rwandans in general and families and relatives of genocide victims in commemorating the genocide:

“I am going to re-affirm the international community’s commitment to Never Again… and this should never happen again in human history. We learnt the hard lessons from the Rwanda genocide but another genocide happened one year later in Srebrenica in 1995 and there are still symptoms elsewhere. We have to stop this. Last Monday there was an important international conference on prevention of genocide where Rwanda was represented by the Foreign Minister where we affirmed the determined will of the international community there should not be genocide in the name of humanity. I highly commend the leadership of Paul Kagame who led this country and in just 20 years, made a shining example of social economic development, democracy, protecting and preserving human rights of all the people and I hope that this example will be emulated by many other countries. We have to learn the lessons, and translate them into action and that's my commitment as the UN Secretary General”

President Kagame attends 4th EU-Africa Summit

Brussels, 1 April 2014

President Kagame traveled to Brussels where he attended the 4th EU-Africa Summit themed “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace.” The summit brought together leaders from Africa and the European Union to discuss issues including peace and security, economy and climate change.

The summit also held a special meeting on the Central African Republic hosted by President Van Rompuy, President Hollande of France and President Abdel Aziz of Mauritania. Rwanda currently has 800 troops serving as peacekeepers in Central African Republic.

Received by President Kagame in March of this year, the European Union Commissioner for development, Andris Piebalgs announced a new six-year development partnership between Rwanda and the European Union:

We are not working to become other people, we know who we are

Kigali, 29 March 2014

President Kagame today joined residents of Nyamirambo, Nyarugenge District in the city of Kigali for Global Umuganda, part of ongoing activities in line with commemorating 20 years since genocide occurred in Rwanda. The activity which was also attended by various diplomats and dignitaries, involved laying the foundation of a community hall for a genocide survivors’ village.

President Kagame told Rwandans not to work to become other people but endeavor to know who they are as they proudly work to build their nation: