New York, 20 March 2013

Following a visit to Mexico where he co-chaired the BroadBand Commission meeting, President Kagame met in New York with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and discussed progress towards peace in the Great Lakes Region region and the upcoming visit of the UN chief to Rwanda.

President Kagame commended the appointment of former Irish President Mary Robinson as Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region and said the Peace Framework Agreement signed in Addis Ababa in February was evidence of cooperation towards peace in the region.

Regarding the recent surrender of Congolese General Bosco Ntaganda at the United States Embassy in Rwanda, President Kagame said:

“We will work to make what the US Embassy needs in relation to Bosco Ntaganda’s case happen as fast as possible.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described Bosco Ntaganda’s transfer as important for the fight against impunity and thanked President Kagame for Rwanda’s cooperation.

The UN Secretary General is expected in Rwanda in May to view and discuss development and economic progress in the region. He will be accompanied by World Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim and Special Envoy to the Great Lakes, Mary Robinson.