FDU-Inkingi welcome the very courageous decision of the President of France to authorize the declassification of the archives of the President’s Office covering the period 1990 to 1995. This decision addresses the concerns of the FDU-Inkingi Party to shed light on the Rwandan tragedy, not only to help cut short the cynical manipulation of a national tragedy for political purposes, but mainly to ensure full accountability based on objective data and thus lay the foundation for equitable justice, a must prerequisite for national reconciliation in Rwanda.
This action will also answer another FDU-Inking concern which is to put an end to impunity which underlies the cycle of political violence in the Great Lakes region. Our Party calls on other major players such as Belgium, the United States, the United Kingdom and first and foremost the RPF regime, to declassify their archives for the period 1990 to 1995.
It is our very considered view that the declassification of all records covering this period will help identify some of the mysteries surrounding the Rwandan tragedy, including the deep seated motivations underpinning the refusal and resistance against the opening of a neutral international investigation to identify those responsible for the terrorist act to shoot down the plane carrying Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana. It is a well-established fact that the terrorist act was the trigger for the massacres in Rwanda and the genocide of the Tutsi. However, the recommendations to carry out the investigation were made by the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations and the report commissioned by the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now African Union.
It is shocking that this terrorist act that claimed the lives of two serving Heads of state of Rwanda and Burundi and triggered a spiral of violence throughout the Great Lakes region, taking the lives of more than 6 million people, was left to the initiative of some families affected by this tragedy. Yet the United Nations has demanded investigations into the assassinations of a former Lebanese Prime Minister Mr. Rafic Hariri and Ms. Benazir Bhutto candidate for 2008 presidential elections in Pakistan.
We appeal to friends of the Rwandan people and of the peoples of the Great Lakes, particularly the Congolese people, and to every person imbued with the values of peace and justice to support the position of our FDU-Inkingi political party in its struggle to get the whole truth on the Rwandan tragedy of and to put an end to impunity and political cynicism. Only truth and impartial justice will contribute to genuine peace and reconciliation in Rwanda.
Done in London April 13, 2015.
Commissioner for External Relations and Spokesperson