Rwandan President visits Sacramento Region

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(Stockton, CA)
Friday, April 15, 2005

During his brief visit, President Kagame called for closer cooperation between the U-S and Rwanda. At a stop in Sacramento, he was on hand for the announcement of a Sacramento State University scholarship program for students in his homeland.

Later, at University of the Pacific in Stockton, he praised a new student exchange program between the school and his country. Kagame also addressed the genocide that swept Rwanda a decade ago, killing more than a half million people.

He told an audience of 25-hundred at the Spanos Center, western countries, including the U-S, share responsibility for the murders.  
"We all know that the genocide could have been prevented or stopped if the western powers had had the political will and commitment to do so."

Outside, a group of about two-dozen placard carrying protesters charged Kagame was to blame for the genocide. One man claimed Kagame and his associates were behind the assassination of Rwanda's president in 1994.  
"They shot the plane and the president die and that's when the genocide started." 

The Rwandan leader is scheduled to meet with President Bush at the White House today.