NID: RWANDA: FRENCH ON COLLISION COURSE WITH REBEL FORCES

Created: 7/1/1994

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AFRICA Rwanda:

French on Collision Course With Rebel Forces

French mililary officials said on Wednesday thai they hoped deploying French forces would prevent Rwandan Patriotic Front forces from taking Kiouye and splitting government-controlled temtory where French forces arc operating, according to press reports. Efforts to halt the RPF wouldonsistent wnh France's objective to prevent the division of Rwanda,

A confrontation with RPF forct, probably would undermine France's principal objtcnmfor mililary inttntnfion-ending tht maitacres and detiftnng humanitarian aid Paris probably would also need to revise its plant to withdraw from Rwanda by monthtnd

- Fighting with RPF forces could quickly dissipate Ihe widespread but probably thin French popular tupportfor the operation-

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