Minister Charles MURIGANDE meets The Japanese Vice- Minister of Foreign Affairs



On Thursday, 3/12/2008, Hon. Charles MURIGANDE, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, received in his Office at Kimihurura, Hon. Nobuhide MINORIKAWA, Japan’s Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs who is now on a visit to Rwanda to collect information on current situation in the region, especially in eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. For the Japan Government, it is important to understand the whole situation in the region as one of the future nonpermanent members of the UN Security Council as from early 2009.


Minister Charles MURIGANDE and Vice-Minister Nobuhide MINORIKAWA held fruitful discussions on the RDC crisis about what is the true origin of the problem, how to address it, what could be the UN and especially a MONUC contribution.


They also reviewed bilateral cooperation between their two countries.


Talking about DRC, Minister MURIGANDE highlighted the negative impact of the RDC conflict both on the region and on Rwanda, in particular. Both Rwanda and the International Community’s interest is to contribute to resolving the problem after identifying its origin. Minister MURIGANDE informed him that the root cause of the DRC crisis is the negative forces Interahamwe who committed genocide in Rwanda in 1994, and exported then genocide ideology in Eastern DRC. So far the International Community has failed to address this problem, leading Gen. Nkunda and his CNDP organization to defend themselves.


Minister Charles MURIGANDE said the Government of Rwanda is ever ready to help DRC. He also invited the International Community to convince the DRC Authorities to resolve their own problem, through concrete actions by removing the negatives forces Interahamwe and ex-FAR.


Ministers Charles MURIGANDE and Nobuhide MINORIKAWA appreciated the strong and active cooperation existing between Rwanda and Japan. The Japanese Minister said that his Government had only decided yesterday to offer a grant of 9 million US Dollars to by fertilizers and to build the schools destroyed by the earl quake in Rwanda’s Western Province.


On Thursday December 4, 2008

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