Poland vows action on Genocide fugitives

KIGALI - The visiting Polish Foreign Affairs Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, yesterday gave his country’s commitment to push EU member states to prosecute fugitives of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Sikorski made the commitment briefly after his meeting with the Prime Minister Bernard Makuza at his office in Kimihurura.
Prime Minister Bernard Makuza and Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski after meeting at the Prime minister’s office yesterday. (Photo J. Mbanda)
Prime Minister Bernard Makuza and Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski after meeting at the Prime minister’s office yesterday. (Photo J. Mbanda)

KIGALI - The visiting Polish Foreign Affairs Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, yesterday gave his country’s commitment to push EU member states to prosecute fugitives of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Sikorski made the commitment briefly after his meeting with the Prime Minister Bernard Makuza at his office in Kimihurura.

“Poland has been a victim of the Genocide in the past; we feel we are obliged to help Rwanda in its efforts for justice and reconciliation,” said Sikorski.

He added: “This is why we are doing our biggest investment in Africa here in Rwanda and upon arrival home, I will push all EU countries harbouring Genocide fugitives to prosecute or extradite them.”

Currently a number of Genocide fugitives are moving freely in some European countries where they have stayed for the last 15 years.

He added that his country supports international justice and that that is why they want to engage the entire international community to deal with the fugitives.

Addressing the press after his meeting with Sikorski, Premier Makuza said that Rwanda is proud of its success and achievements in terms of reconciliation.

He warned western countries that have tried to frustrate Rwanda’s progress saying that Rwanda would not tolerate that.

In the meantime, Sikorski officiated the opening of a centre for blind children in Kibeho, Western Province which was built as part of Poland’s foreign aid programme.

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