Blatter pays respect to Genocide victims

FIFA President Joseph S.Blatter

 

 FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has expressed his deepest sympathies to Rwandans and victims who were massacred during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The Rwanda Genocide against the Tutsi, which was categorised as such by the UN in accordance with the criteria of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide adopted on 9 December 1948, began 20 years ago on April 7.

More than one million men, women and children are estimated to have been killed in a wave of violence that began when members of the Hutu majority began slaughtering Tutsis in April 1994. The cruel acts lasted about 100 days.

Blatter said in a statement on Monday, “On behalf of the international football community and in my own name, I would like to express our most profound sympathy to the people of Rwanda and wish them a calm and happy future,”

“I sincerely hope that their youthful determination and courage will bring them good fortune and allow them to face the challenges of the future.”

“My thoughts will be with all of you,” added the FIFA President, who told Rwanda football Federation chairman Degaule Vincent Nzamwita that he held him in the “warmest regard”.

Blatter who didn’t manage to attend the commemoration event in Kigali was represented by Fifa vice president Issa Hayatou, who is also the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).