FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power will travel to Rwanda, Burundi and the Central African Republic from Sunday, April 6 to Thursday, April 10 to commemorate the atrocities committed in the region 20 years ago and meet with government and civil society leaders.
In Rwanda, Ambassador Power will lead the Presidential delegation attending the 20th Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide, including Donald Koran, U. S. Ambassador to Rwanda; Congresswoman Karen Bass of California; Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Stephen J. Rapp, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice; Russell Feingold, Special Representative for the African Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Michael Gerson, Senior Fellow at the ONE Campaign and Columnist for the Washington Post; and Christine Hjelt, former Program Coordinator for the United States Agency for International Development.
In Burundi, where worrying signs of ethnic exclusion and oppression are emerging, Ambassador Power will meet with President Nkurunziza, other government officials, students and civil society leaders to discuss how to prevent the country from backsliding from the progress made since the end of the civil war in 2005.
On her second visit to the Central African Republic, Ambassador Power will meet with members of the new transitional government, including President Samba-Panza, and the leadership of the African Union’s MISCA force to support existing efforts and to lay the groundwork for an official United Nations Peacekeeping Operation.
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