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French ambassador Marlaud states on Radio France internationale that the new rwandan government is conform with the Arusha peace agreements

Date: 11 avril 1994
Author: Boisbouvier, Christophe
Title: Transcription de l'émission Afrique Midi, RFI - Interview de l'ambassadeur Marlaud
Source: RFI
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Abstract: Questioned by Christophe Boisbouvier on the new Rwandan government, the French ambassador, Jean-Michel Marlaud, affirms (page 4) that "the distribution of ministries and ministerial portfolios has remained identical to what it was in the power-sharing framework that had been foreseen by the Arusha Accords". This is completely false. The Arusha agreement signed on August 4, 1993, provided for the installation of the transitional institutions within thirty-seven days after this signature, i.e. by September 11, 1993 at the latest. See Article 7 of the Arusha Peace Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Rwanda and the Rwandan Patriotic Front. Article 6 provided that Mr. Faustin Twagiramungu would be the Prime Minister of this Broad-Based Transitional Government. Mr. Marlaud, interviewed before the Information Mission on May 13, 1998, admitted having accepted that this was not the case during a meeting held on April 8, 1994 in his embassy. The Power-Sharing Memorandum of Understanding provided for five ministerial portfolios for the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). See Arusha Accord on Power Sharing, January 9, 1993, Articles 55 and 56. The RPF does not obtain any portfolio in this new government formed during a coup that the ambassador helped to disguise.