Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 2nd February 2005.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of alleged Mai Mai and Rwandan Hutu militia involvement in the massacre at Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi on 13 August 2004; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Trade) (also Department of Trade and Industry), Minister of State (Department of Trade and Industry) (Trade) (also Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Burundian rebel group, the Forces Nationales de Liberation (FNL), claimed responsibility for the Gatumba massacre. Reports from several sources, including survivors, suggested that the massacre was perpetrated by a group containing elements of FNL, Congolese Mai-Mai and Ex-Forces Armees Rwandaises (FAR)/Interahamwe forces.

Investigations by the United Nations uncovered some evidence implicating Mai-Mai and Ex-FAR/Interahamwe. However, the UN's final report on the massacre said that there was not sufficient evidence to prove Mai-Mai and Ex-FAR/Interahamwe involvement.

Ending impunity in the Great Lakes remains a UK priority and we continue to push for the perpetrators of the Gatumba massacre and other atrocities in the region to be brought to justice.

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