More revealing details have emerged on the 1994 Rwanda genocide linking France to the role it played by allowing main perpetrators to escape, according to Anadolu news agency.
The agency revealed that a shred of new documentary evidence from official French achieves shows that Paris allowed perpetrators to flee while ignoring requests from its own ambassador to arrest them.
These details were published by the French online outlet Mediapart in a telegram dated July 1994 and were accessed by Francois Graner, the research director of the French National Research Center (CNRS), who has been studying official archives related to France’s role in the genocide. The telegram reveals the French army deployed under the UN peacekeeping mission, established a safe humanitarian zone, believed to caution and shield forces behind the planned killing.
According to Mediapart, French diplomat Yannick Gerard, in a telegram on July 15, 1994, from Rwanda sought instructions from Paris on “personalities almost all of who are considered responsible for the massacres” who had arrived in a refugee camp run by the French military in Gisenyi, on the border with Zaire.
The cable said “We have publicly informed them their presence in the area was not desired” and “they would be put under house arrest until their surrender to the UN”.
In response, Bernard Emile,then-advisor to Foreign Minister Alain Juppe and the current director of the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE), wrote:
“You can use all indirect channels, and especially your African contacts, to convey to these officials (under the control of the French army) that we ask them to leave the Safe Humanitarian Aid Zone, without directly disclosing yourself. The international community, and in particular the UN, will follow against these so-called authorities. Underline that you can determine the path very soon”.