Tanzania foreign minister says fight against genocide sustainable

DAR ES SALAAM (Xinhua) — Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Bernard Membe has said that Tanzania shall remain committed to the fight against all forms of genocide and continue supporting any global and regional efforts to prevent genocide.

Membe made the remarks in his speech read on his behalf by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary John Haule at the 17th commemoration of the Genocide against Rwandese in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, the local media reported on Saturday.

He also noted that the Tanzanian government has also continued its policies that promote national coherence, equality and inclusiveness.

The entering into force of the Pact of 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, according to the Tanzanian minister.

He urged government officials, the United Nations, and other intergovernmental bodies at sub-regional, regional and international levels as well as the civil society organizations to work together to ensure non-occurrence of genocide.

Membe expressed the hope that April 7 will be another reminder that through collective efforts, genocide including other crimes against humanity can be prevented and thereby create a peaceful world and that Rwanda well be identified as the land of peace by the next generations.

For her part, Rwandan High Commissioner to Tanzania Fatuma Ndangiza said that it was high time people stood strong and 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 which sound along time ago, but for survivors it seems as if it was just yesterday.

“They still live with wounds and scars of terrible atrocities,” Ndangiza said.

She said the Rwandan government was fully 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.

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