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Le ministère de la Défense a indiqué que la mission des troupes françaises est strictement humanitaire et qu'elles ne devront pas intervenir dans la guerre civile

Card Number 29950

Number
29950
Author
Tripault, Richard
Author
GĂ©rouard, Jean-Paul
Author
Chabod, Alain
Date
10 avril 1994
Ymd
19940410
Time
12:00:00
Time zone
CEST
Uptitle
Journal de 12 heures [3:14]
Title
Le ministère de la Défense a indiqué que la mission des troupes françaises est strictement humanitaire et qu'elles ne devront pas intervenir dans la guerre civile
Subtitle
4 000 hommes du FPR sont partis du nord du pays et marchent en ce moment vers Kigali.
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11650641 bytes
Source
Public records
INA
Type
Journal télévisé
Language
FR
Abstract
- The French began to leave Rwanda thanks to the soldiers sent yesterday [April 9] to the airport of Kigali, the capital. 150 people have already been able to fly to neighboring Burundi. The first should arrive this evening in Paris. Other foreigners were able to leave the country at war, by road.
- Mulindi, headquarters of the Rwandan Patriotic Front. It is from here in the north of the country that the 4,000 men who are currently marching towards Kigali left. Of Tutsi ethnicity for the most part, they will face the presidential guard and the regular army dominated by Hutu. Objective: to regain control of the capital where the massacres have continued since the death of President Habyarimana. According to the head of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, it is a question of putting an end to the massacres perpetrated by the presidential guard which would have triggered the outbreak of violence.
- The fighting would have already caused several tens of thousands of deaths, the corpses litter the streets and the houses of Kigali. Gilles Boutiron: "Even the family that was massacred in our village, it's awful. There is a baby who must have been 15 days old, who was massacred with his parents".
- This morning, 64 French were able to take off from Kigali airport controlled by a total of 464 French soldiers. 150 French people were thus able to leave the country. 400 Belgian soldiers should join them to evacuate their compatriots.
- In Paris this morning, the Ministry of Defense indicated that the mission of the French troops is strictly humanitarian and that they should not intervene in the civil war. This official position of France was confirmed this morning by Michel Roussin, the French Minister for Cooperation. Michel Roussin: "I think that if we can continue at the rate we have been at since last night [April 9], I think that during the day, we will have been able to evacuate the majority of our compatriots. We have a mission which is to preserve our compatriots, to pick them up, to repatriate them. We are not going to stay in Kigali. We are also going to be very present to evacuate other of our friends: there are 1,500 Belgians in Rwanda, 300 Americans, 200 other Europeans who, if they wish, will have to be helped to leave Rwanda".