UN and World Bank chiefs visit Rwanda

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of World Bank. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The UN Secretary-General and the President of the World Bank laid wreaths at a memorial site for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda as they continued their joint mission to Africa on Thursday.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Dr. Jim Yong Kim arrived in Rwanda after a visit to Goma in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

UN Spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, who is travelling with the Secretary-General, briefed reporters in New York by phone just before the Secretary-General had talks with Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

"Here in Kigali, just a little while ago, the Secretary-General spoke at the Rwandan Police Headquarters and this was again focused on the fight against violence against women and girls. He also visited a centre for disabled ex-combatants. Both Dr. Kim and the Secretary-General visited the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site where they were able to lay wreaths. It is raining on and off here but quite hard so that the mood there at that Memorial Site was quite sombre." (29")

Martin Nesirky said the Secretary-General along with Dr. Kim of the World Bank will also be meeting other cabinet ministers in the Rwandan Government.

He added that the Mr. Ban and Dr. Kim will fly to Uganda on Friday on the last leg of their joint visit to Africa.

Gerry Adams, United Nations

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