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Deux militaires français seraient les auteurs de l'attentat meurtrier contre les Présidents du Rwanda et du Burundi. C'est ce qu'affirme le quotidien belge Le Soir

Card Number 31790

Number
31790
Author
Cachart, √Čric
Author
Loiseau, Christian
Date
17 juin 1994
Ymd
19940617
Time
19:30:00
Time zone
CEST
Uptitle
Journal de 19 heures 30
Title
Deux militaires français seraient les auteurs de l'attentat meurtrier contre les Présidents du Rwanda et du Burundi. C'est ce qu'affirme le quotidien belge Le Soir
Subtitle
Le ministre des Affaires étrangères Alain Juppé a totalement démenti l'information publiée.
Size
24125 bytes
Pages nb.
2
Source
Type
Transcription d'une émission de télévision
Language
FR
Abstract
- France is increasing its efforts to convince its Western and African partners to participate in a humanitarian intervention in Rwanda to put an end to the massacres.
- The Minister of Foreign Affairs Alain Juppé also totally denied yesterday evening [June 16] the information published by a Belgian newspaper according to which two Frenchmen had taken part in the attack against the Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, which had triggered the clashes in April.
- Two French soldiers would be the authors of the murderous attack against the Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi. This is what the Belgian daily Le Soir says today. Two French soldiers of the DAMI, that is to say of the French military cooperation, dressed in uniforms stolen from the Belgian Blue Helmets.
Also according to journalist Colette Braeckman, the plane was shot down by a Soviet-made SAM missile. A missile that only Western soldiers could have fired. Colette Braeckman: "In the opinion of all the military cooperation agencies in Rwanda, the Rwandan soldiers were not trained to handle this type of device. And the precision of the firing of two rockets which shot down the plane said it is clearly the work of an expert in the field".
- For obvious security reasons, the author of the article does not wish to disclose his sources. But if his information is verified, there is still one question: what was the motive of the two French soldiers. Colette Braeckman: "It is unclear whether they acted as part of a higher-level operation or as individuals, providing personal service as mercenaries to Hutu extremist groups".
- The Belgian government reacted with a rather laconic press release stating that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had not received any indication or information to this effect and that it therefore leaves full responsibility for this information to the newspaper Le Soir.