19.01.10 - GENOCIDE/RWANDA - ZAMBIA TO HELP ARREST 1994 RWANDA GENOCIDE SUSPECTS

Arusha, January 19, 2010 (FH) - Zambia has assured Rwanda that it will not allow any 1994 genocide suspect to get a shelter on their soil, reports Hirondelle Agency.
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Zambia's Foreign Minister, Kabinga Pande, gave the assurance at the end of an official visit of President Rupiah Banda to Kigali on Monday.

"Zambia is a country that does not entertain genocide and is strong on human rights,'' he was quoted by Rwanda New Times to have said.

The pro-government newspaper also reported that justice ministers from Zambia and Rwanda would soon meet to draw a strategy on nabbing the alleged suspects hiding in the southern African country.

‘'The promise that we have made is that the two justice ministries should sit and see how Zambia can help Rwanda bring genocide suspects to come to Rwanda and face justice," Pande added.

The Zambian President also visited genocide memorial site Gisozi.

The Zambian President, currently chairing the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR, was on a fact-finding mission on the peace process within the region ahead of tabling a final report to the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government summit scheduled for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, early this year.

The Zambian leader held talks with his counterpart Paul Kagame on the security situation in the Great Lakes region.

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