PARIS, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- France on Sunday voices
regret at Rwanda's decision to cut diplomatic ties with it after a French judge
accused some Rwandan officials of being involved in the 1994 genocide.
French judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere is investigating
the assassination of then Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana that year, which
sparked the killing of more than 500,000 people in 100days.
Bruguiere's request for international arrest warrants
against nine ranking Rwandans in the case "is not at all a political decision by
the French government," Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said on Radio-J.
Bruguiere issued the warrants Wednesday, accusing the
nine of plotting the downing of President Habyarimana's airplane on April 6,
1994. Bruguiere, who was invited to the investigation because the crew on the
plane was French, also accused current President Paul Kagame of ordering the
plane shot down.
As a response, the Rwandan government announced on
Friday it would cut diplomatic relations with France from next Monday.
"I regret that the Rwandan government responded to
judge Bruguiere's investigation by stopping diplomatic relations with France,
especially because we were starting to revive strong relations with this
country,'' Douste-Blazy said.
According to reports from Rwarnda, French Ambassador
Dominique Derchef left Rwandan capital Kigali on Saturday night, and the 29
other embassy employees were to leave by Monday night.