Minister Cowen urges all Irish people to remember the victims of genocide in Rwanda
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Brian Cowen T.D., has called on the people of Ireland to join with other nations around the world in marking the 10th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda with a minute’s silence at 12 noon on 7 April.
“The minute-long reflection will be a tribute both to those who died in the terrible events of 1994 and those who survived and are currently re-building Rwanda,” said the Minister.
The General Assembly of the United Nations has officially designated 7 April 2004 as the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has called on all nations and peoples of the world to remember the genocide by observing one minute’s silence at 12 noon local time on Wednesday 7 April.
On Wednesday 7 April, Minister Cowen will represent the European Union at the commemoration ceremonies in Kigali which the Government of Rwanda have organised to mark the tenth anniversary of the genocide in that country which resulted in the indiscriminate killing of over 800,000 people in a period of just 100 days.