President Emmanuel Macron has appointed researchers to carry out a two-year investigation into the role of the French army in the Rwandan genocide that is still a source of tension between Paris and Kigali 25 years later, ONAreports citing Reuters.
The nine-member commission will have access to presidential, diplomatic, military and intelligence v2_archives, the French presidency said on Friday, after Macron met members of an association supporting survivors of the genocide.
“The goal is to deliver a report which will be published in two years time ... and will be accessible to all. It will scientifically evaluate, on the basis of v2_archives, the role that France played in Rwanda from 1990 to 1994,” the presidency said.
The presidential statement said the French court dealing with Rwandan genocide cases would receive additional resources to speed up the judicial process.
The announcement of commission comes against the backdrop of commemorations marking 25 years since the genocide.
The French president will not attend official commemorations of the massacre on Sunday. He will be represented by Hervé Berville, a Tutsi survivor of the genocide who is a member of French parliament from Macron’s ruling party.
French high schools will start teaching the Rwandan genocide from September 2020.