Kagame, Ban Ki-moon discuss regional security

  • By James Tasamba
  • March 22, 2013

President Kagame and Ban Ki-Moon arrive for thier meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Behind them is Rwanda’s State Minister for Cooperation and Permanent Representative to the UN, Eugène-Richard Gasana . UN Photo.

President Paul Kagame on Wednesday met with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York with whom they discussed progress towards peace in the Great Lakes Region.

They also discussed the upcoming visit to Rwanda by the UN chief, according to a statement from the President’s Office.

Kagame “Commended the appointment of former Irish President Mary Robinson as Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region and said the Peace Framework Agreement signed in Addis Ababa in February was evidence of cooperation towards peace in the region”, the statement said.

The UN Secretary General is expected in Rwanda in May to “view and discuss development and economic progress” in the region. He will be accompanied by World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim and Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson.

ICC officials for Ntaganda

On the recent surrender of Congolese General Bosco Ntaganda at the United States Embassy in Kigali, President Kagame said: “We will work to make what the US Embassy needs in relation to Bosco Ntaganda’s case happen as fast as possible.”

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described Gen. Ntaganda’s transfer to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as “important for the fight against impunity” and thanked President Kagame for Rwanda’s cooperation, the statement added.

Ntaganda, wanted for alleged war crimes in his country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), turned himself in at the US Embassy in Kigali on Monday.

Meanwhile, an official with the American embassy in Kigali told The New Times last evening that a team from the ICC had arrived in Kigali the night before to collect Ntaganda, who requested to the transferred to The Hague upon his surrender.

“They arrived last night. Still, no timetable on the transfer. We are seeking to facilitate his request to be transferred as soon as possible,” Susan Falatko, the embassy’s Public Affairs Officer said.

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Keep up the good work Paul Kagame. Rwanda is blessed to have a leader like you with the vision to improve the lifes of millions of Rwandan peoples.

05:16:41 Friday 22nd, March 2013 Cambridge, Ontario CANADA - Naseem Mian

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