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Interview du Ministre des Affaires étrangères, M. Alain Juppé, aux radios françaises à Bruxelles

Card Number 9918

Number
9918
Author
Juppé, Alain
Date
16 mai 1994
Ymd
19940516
Title
Interview du Ministre des Affaires étrangères, M. Alain Juppé, aux radios françaises à Bruxelles
Size
84667 bytes
Pages nb.
1
Source
Language
FR
Abstract
While he asserts that there is a genocide in Rwanda, Alain Juppé only envisages humanitarian action and the negotiation of a ceasefire. Are we negotiating with the perpetrators of genocide? No, we fight them. It was later that the Quai d'Orsay would agree that the perpetrators of the massacres would be excluded from the negotiations. The Minister of Foreign Affairs launches the word "genocide" here but diverts the meaning given to it by the United Nations Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. However, he undertakes on behalf of France "to sanction, to punish those who indulge in such massacres" and he specifies "in areas which are held by the armed forces Rwandans". It is this commitment that he will not keep when the French army, armed with a mandate from the United Nations under chapter VII of the charter, does not arrest the assassins on the orders of the Quai d'Orsay.