Foreign envoys to Rwanda commemorate 1994 genocide

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-11 21:12:30|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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KIGALI, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Foreign diplomats accredited to Rwanda on Thursday participated in discussions organized by the Rwandan ministry of foreign affairs to commemorate the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.

The commemorative event for the diplomatic corps is a call to the international community to stand with Rwanda as the country continues to build the unity of all Rwandans, said Rwandan foreign minister Richard Sezibera in an opening statement.

"We appreciate the cooperation of many countries, represented by you, that have decided to prosecute or extradite those accused of genocide crimes, and we are calling on the other countries hosting genocide fugitives to follow suit," said Sezibera.

He sought support from the international community to end impunity by making sure that all those accused of genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda face justice.

The Rwandan government on Sunday morning started commemoration marking the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide against Tutsi, raising the curtain of a three-month remembrance period.

The genocide claimed the lives of over 1 million people, mainly ethnic Tutsi. The annual commemoration is held every year from April 7 to July 4 in line with the period of the genocide.