Kangura No. 40

[Editor’s Note: The original of this letter is in French.]

Letter From Rwandan Embassy in Bujumbura to Burundian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cooperation

From: Republic of Rwanda
Embassy of Rwanda in Bujumbura

To:Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Bujumbura, Burundi

The Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda has the honor to bring the following to the knowledge of the authorities of the Republic of Burundi:

During the past few days, the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda has been surprised by articles published by the Independant newspaper, accusing Rwanda of sabotaging the democratic process pursued by Burundi. The lies published by this newspaper on Rwanda have continued in No. 47 of 5 January 1993, which alleges that the Rwandan security services killed the leader of the Frodebu party. The article was written by a certain B. Barutwanayo.

The Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in Burundi requests the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation to explain the objectives of this type of articles at the time when the Government of Rwanda has stated on several occasions that it supports the multi-party politics that Burundi has decided to pursue while wishing it to bring it to a successful conclusion.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Burundi is well aware of the problems currently besetting Rwanda. It should therefore understand why the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda has continued to tolerate denigrating articles published by the Independant and the Carrefour des Idées. The Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in Bujumbura thus requests the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi to do everything in its power to stop this slander. This will lead to the durability of the good relations, good understanding and mutual trust that have continued to characterize relations between the governments of Rwanda and Burundi.

The Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in Burundi thanks the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Burundi for its prompt action on this issue.

Bujumbura, 12-01-93

Sylvestre Uwibajije
Ambassador of Rwanda in Bujumbura

Copied to:

  • His Excellency the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Kigali
  • His Excellency the Prime Minister, Kigali
  • The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Kigali
  • The Minister of Defense, Kigali
  • The Minister of the Interior and Communal Development, Kigali
  • The Minister of Information, Kigali
  • Chief of S.R.S.D., Kigali