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Vol 42 No 23

Published 23rd November 2001


Rwanda

Picking a fight

British Development Minister Clare Short's intercession in Whitehall didn't stop Rwanda and Uganda banging war drums elsewhere. As Presidents Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni were signing their London statement, Rwanda's Embassy in Belgium handed its citizens a document in Kinyarwanda denouncing 'Ugandan provocations'. It was said to be a reply to Museveni's letter to Short in August, accusing Rwanda of 'supporting terrorism'; it concluded that, since Rwanda cannot move itself away from Uganda, it must stand up to its neighbour.

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