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Rwanda and Germany to restore relations

afrol News, 19 January - The Rwandan government has announced its willingness to restore relations with Germany after a rift between two countries over the arrest of the top Rwandan official Rose Kabuye in Frankfurt last November.

According to a communiqué issued by the foreign ministry, two countries that broke ties in November have decided to resolve their differences including appointing new ambassadors to their capitals.

Ms Kabuye's arrest drew a furious reaction from Kigali, with the Rwandan government further expelling the Germany's ambassador to Kigali early November and recalling its own ambassador from Berlin.

The top aide diplomat was arrested for her alleged involvement in the downing of a plane 14 years ago carrying Rwanda's former Hutu president Juvenal Habyarimana that sparked the country's infamous genocide.

"Germany and Rwanda share a long history of friendly relations. In the mutual interest of both countries and their people, they want to look forward and have agreed to work together to iron out matters disagreed upon," the foreign ministry statement said.

Ms Kabuye is the first of nine aides close to president Kagame to be arrested on 2006 warrants by French anti-terrorism judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere on suspicion of being behind the downing of a plane carrying Rwanda's former president.

German police had arrested Ms Kabuye during a visit to Germany last November and extradited her to France, where she was wanted on a French terrorism charge.

The governing regime had accused the French and other European states of expending more effort in persecuting the survivors of the Tutsi genocide instead of hunting down the perpetrators belonging to the Hutu tribe.

In August, Rwandan government issued a 500-page report accusing 13 French politicians of playing a role in the massacres, including then-president Francois Mitterrand, who died in 1996, and former prime minister Edouard Balladur.

French legal authorities have been investigating Mr Habyarimana's death because his aircraft had a French crew. The arrest warrants led to an immediate break in diplomatic relations between Paris and Kigali, and tensions that have continued ever since.

The case against Ms Kabuye, will be heard on 28 January in Paris, according to government sources.

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