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[Published: Friday August 27 2010]

UN report to show Rwanda massacred Hutus in DR Congo, Le Monde

Paris, 27 August – (ANA) - The French daily Le Monde reported on Friday that a UN report will detail mass killing of Hutu refugees by Rwandan forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the late 1990s. The newspaper says the report identifies "systematic attacks" against the Hutu refugees by the Rwandan army - and the Congolese rebel group the AFDL - in the years 1996 to 1998.

The report suggests that there could be a basis for a charge of genocide.

Although other armies are also cited in the investigation, Kigali has spent weeks attempting to quash it and Kagame even threatened last month to pull Rwandan troops out of UN peacekeeping missions over the allegations, according the French newspaper.

The 600-page UN document investigates human rights abuses in eastern DRC, between 1993 and 2003. Over a million Hutus fled to the DRC in the wake of Rwanda's 1994 genocide, which ended when President Paul Kagame's RPF forces took control of the country. Rwanda meanwhile described the allegations against its army as "outrageous".

Le Monde says the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, is uneasy with any use of the term "genocide" in the final version of the report, due out next month - and that he has warned its authors to verify the legal basis of any accusations they make. (ANA)


AB/ANA/ 27 August 2010 ---

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