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U.S., British first ladies visit Rwanda
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 02 - 07 - 2005


The British and U.S. first
ladies were headed to Rwanda Thursday to remember that
nation's genocide and try to learn from it., AP reported.
Laura Bush, the wife of U.S. President George W. Bush, was
closing out a weeklong trip through Africa. She and Cherie
Blair, wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, were to
lay wreaths Thursday at the genocide memorial at Gisozi in
the Rwandan capital, Kigali.
Some 250,000 genocide victims are buried at Gisozi, one of
the many hills that dot Kigali. Their graves and a long
granite wall engraved with their names have become a somber
first stop for many visitors to Rwanda, where Hutu militias
and civilians killed nearly half a million minority Tutsis
and moderate Hutus in 1994.
«I look forward to talking with both the first lady of
Rwanda, as well as the president of Rwanda, about what the
rest of the world can do in situations similar to this,
like in Darfur, and see what they think is the best way for
the world to help in situations like their genocide,» the
U.S. first lady told reporters Wednesday.
Her husband has on several occasions termed the violence
in the western Sudanese region of Darfur a genocide. But he
supports African peacekeepers on the ground, not the
introduction of U.S. troops. The U.S. is providing
logistics so the African Union can more than triple its
peacekeeping force in Darfur.
--mor
1421 Local Time
1121 GMT


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