By The Guardian Reporter–11th April 2011
Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Bernard Membe has said that Tanzania will remain committed to fighting against all forms of genocide and continue supporting any global and regional efforts to prevent genocide.
In his speech read on his behalf by Permanent Secretary John Haule at the 17th commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Dar es Salaam recently, he laid stress on need to prevent crimes against humanity and create a peaceful world.
He noted that the government continued promoting national unity, equality and inclusiveness.
He explained that the entering into force of the pact on security stability and development of the Great Lakes on June 21, 2008 ushered in a new era on consolidating regional efforts in the fight against genocide in the region.
He urged government officials, the United Nations and other intergovernmental bodies at sub-regional, regional and international levels and civil society organisations to collaborate to ensure no genocide would occur again.
For her part, Rwandan High Commissioner to Tanzania Fatuma Ndangiza said it was high time people stood up confidently to declare that the moment of grief that occurred in Rwanda in 1994 was not to happen again.
“It is 17 years since genocide occurred in Rwanda but for survivors it seems as if it was just yesterday. They still live with wounds and scars of terrible atrocities,” Ndangiza said.
She noted that the government of Rwanda was determined to solve Rwanda’s plight at home and in the international family.
Rwanda experienced a devastating tragedy in 1994 when over the course of three months, an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed.
April 7 was designated as the International Day of reflection on the genocide in Rwanda by the General Assembly in December 2003.