USA & UK Say UN’s Rwanda Resolution ‘Not Representative’ as it Excludes Hutu & Twa

By MOSES K. GAHIGI
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  • In statement dated April 20, the US says it is concerned that the changes made in the text narrow the focus of the resolution and fail to fully capture the magnitude of the violence that was committed against other groups.
  • The statement released by the UK, said “Whilst we did not break silence on the text, we would like to express some reservations on the text. We disagree with the framing of the genocide purely as the ‘1994 Genocide against the Tutsi’”.
  • The statements have ruffled feathers in Rwanda.

​After the United Nations passed a resolution setting April 7 as the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, the US and the UK have raised concerns and sent their Positions of Explanations (PoE) to the UN over the words used in the text.

In statement dated April 20, the US says it is concerned that the changes made in the text narrow the focus of the resolution and fail to fully capture the magnitude of the violence that was committed against other groups.

“Many Hutus and others were also killed during the genocide, including those murdered for their opposition to the atrocities that were being committed.
“Failing to honour and remember these victims presents an incomplete picture of this dark history,” reads part of the statement, adding that as much as they support the resolution’s overall aim, America’s understanding of the “circumstances of the genocide in Rwanda has not changed.

“We are concerned the negotiation weakened the text and added unnecessary costs.”

The statement released by the UK, said “Whilst we did not break silence on the text, we would like to express some reservations on the text. We disagree with the framing of the genocide purely as the ‘1994 Genocide against the Tutsi’”.

“As noted in previous resolutions, we believe that Hutus and others who were killed should also be recognised,” read the UK statement.

Source: The East African https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/ea/US-UK-ruffle-Kigali-with-claims-UN-resolution-not-representative/4552908-5567718-bvy9qbz/index.html

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