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IN BRIEF : Rwanda denies revenge massacre

Paris - Rwanda yesterday denied a report in the French newspaper Liberation that its ruling Tutsi minority, victims of genocide in 1994, had turned the tables and killed over 100,000 of their Hutu opponents in a wave of revenge massacres.

"The national unity government has never had a policy of systematic extermination of any part of the Rwandan people, as was the case for the previous regime," said the Information Minister, Jean-Pierre Bizimana, in a statement distributed in Paris. "No investigation has ever confirmed the gratuitous accusations of massacres, whether in the form of exterminations or systematic vengeance.'' Reuter