Belgian FM pays tribute to Genocide victims

KIGALI - The Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister Steve Vaneckere yesterday arrived in the country and paid his respects to the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis at the Kigali Memorial Centre. Speaking to local and international media shortly after touring the centre, Vaneckere said that he was particularly moved by the images of innocent children and women killed during the Genocide. “This is really sad. It’s very important to continue to know your past while on the other hand it’s important to look forward to the present and the future,” the Belgian official said. He underscored the significance of having a Genocide memorial centre, saying that this makes the world not forget what happened in history.
President Kagame shares a light moment with the Belgian Foreign Minister, Steven Vanackere and a member of his delegation after their meeting at Urugwiro Village. (Photo Urugwiro Village)
President Kagame shares a light moment with the Belgian Foreign Minister, Steven Vanackere and a member of his delegation after their meeting at Urugwiro Village. (Photo Urugwiro Village)

KIGALI - The Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister Steve Vaneckere yesterday arrived in the country and paid his respects to the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis at the Kigali Memorial Centre.

Speaking to local and international media shortly after touring the centre, Vaneckere said that he was particularly moved by the images of innocent children and women killed during the Genocide.

“This is really sad. It’s very important to continue to know your past while on the other hand it’s important to look forward to the present and the future,” the Belgian official said.

He underscored the significance of having a Genocide memorial centre, saying that this makes the world not forget what happened in history.

Vaneckere, who arrived by road from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is expected to meet senior government officials today and thereafter hold talks with President Paul Kagame.

Earlier in the day, the Belgian Minister had visited the Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Centre in Mutobo, Northern Province    

The visit is part of Vaneckere’s three-nation Africa tour that will today see him continuing to Burundi.

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