|Rwanda in its Regional Context: Human Rights, Reconciliation and Rehabilitation (North South Centre)|
The Conference was held under the joint auspices of the Secretaries General of the Council of Europe and the Organisation of African Unity, Mr Daniel Tarschys and Mr Salim Ahmed Salim. It was co-organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe and the Dutch National Committee for Development Education (NCO) in co-operation with the Liaison Committee of Development NGOs to the European Union.
The organisers wish to express their gratitude to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its practical and logistical support as well as to the governments and institutions which contributed financially to the Conference: the governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland, the European Commission, NCO and various NGOs through the NGDO-EU Liaison Committee.
"Today we are together - Europe and Africa - to think over our shared history, which is more one of tears and trouble than joy and hope. It is essential that we reverse the course of history, perhaps with the Rwandan tragedy as a starting-point, to discover how we can show each other solidarity and complement each other in joint projects that give fresh meaning to our lives.
PRESIDENT PASTEUR BIZIMUNGU
His Extellency the President of the Republic of Rwanda