The French ambassador to Rwanda Michel Flesh has been denied participation in the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.
“Yesterday night the Rwandan foreign ministry telephoned to inform me that I was no longer accredited for the ceremonies,” the French ambassador told AFP.
Rwanda accuses France of complicity during the 1994 mass murder of Tutsis and moderate hutus, a charge which France has consistently denied.
France, an ally of the Hutu nationalist government prior to the 1994 killings, has repeatedly been accued by Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, who liberated the country, Â for supporting the then government.
Rwandas’ foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo on Sunday told France to face up to the “difficult truth” over its actions two decades ago.
“For our two countries to really start getting along, we will have to face the truth, the truth is difficult, the truth of being close to anybody who is associated with genocide understandably is a very difficult truth to accept,” Mushikiwabo said.