forum. I was the National Secretary of the Socialist Party for ten years, and then the Deputy Secretary-General. In 1998, I was the co-rapporteur of the parliamentary news mission. He said: “France, other countries and the United Nations conducted military operations in Rwanda between 1990 and 1994.” Therefore, we were asked to check the French responsibilities in Rwanda. I am the rapporteur of the Foreign Affairs Committee (the delegation is composed of two committees of the National Assembly, namely the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee). This hard work lasted 9 months, resulting in a very long report, including some documents in the attachment and all hearings (a few behind closed doors).
An incident: This is the first time that the General Assembly has dealt with issues that fall within the scope of the “reservation” of the President of the Republic. Between October 1990 (the Rwandan Patriotic Front formed by Tutsi exiles attacked against the regime of President Juventus Habyarimana) and July 1994 (Operation “Turquoise” by the French army) , François Mitterrand (François Mitterrand) served as president, even though France has been in the cohabitation system since March 1993, and Edouard Balladur served as prime minister. When the left regained power, the mission of the fact-finding mission in 1998 may prove to be subtle. Without going back, it can be said that this is indeed subtle and difficult.
That is to say, thirty years later, I read with great interest the report of the historian committee chaired by Vincent Duclert and decided by the President of the Republic. The committee must work from all archives and obviously must be able to access them.
I was first surprised that the National Assembly refused to transmit its files, and the parliamentary delegation was of course a parliamentary delegation. The objection is that some hearings are held in secret, so “confidentiality” is of utmost importance. For a long time, I can say: these do not bring any special meaning in the camera hearing, and even in my opinion, they are often “formatted”. Therefore, my argument does not seem to be valid in terms of refusing to provide the conference file information. So, what is the explanation? The presidium of the General Assembly, which is mostly composed of the President of the Republic, must explain this refusal, which runs counter to Emmanuel Macron’s declared will.
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