A Facebook post appeared on Apr 25, sharing a screenshot of a tweet that reads, “Rwandan President Paul Kagame called on the Biden administration and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to directly intervene in the disputed Tigray region in Ethiopia.”
The post opined that the Rwandan president broke the silence and thanked him for calling the US and UNSC’s direct intervention in Ethiopia. It also calls on readers to share the post with others so that the information can reach many more. The post was viral and shared more than 64 times.
However, HaqCheck confirmed that Paul Kagame did not call for America and UNSC’s direct intervention in Ethiopia, and the screenshot was taken from a tweet made a year ago.
The armed conflict between the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) and the federal government of Ethiopia broke out in November 2020. Eritrea had been on the side of the Ethiopian government.
On Apr 14, 2022, the UNSC discussed the situation in Ethiopia under the ‘any other business’ meeting category. The meeting was requested by three African countries; Gabon, Ghana, and Kenya which currently are non-permanent members of the Council.
Based on this background, the Facebook post came out claiming that the Rwandan President recently called on the US and UNSC to directly intervene in Ethiopia.
It presented a tweet screenshot misleading people into believing that it was recent.
The screenshot was taken from a tweet made on Feb 16, 2021, which is 14 months ago.
During an interview with the Hoover Institution on Feb 3, 2021, Rwandan President Kagame called on the US and the United Nations to collaborate and engage Africans in solving conflicts including the Tigray armed conflict in Ethiopia.
He did not call for a US and UNSC direct intervention in Ethiopia. He only recommended a concerted effort among the US, UN, Africans, and others to solve Ethiopia’s armed conflict.
Therefore, HaqCheck confirmed that Paul Kagame did not demand American and UNSC direct intervention to solve Ethiopia’s armed conflict. The screenshot was also taken from a tweet made a year ago.
In this regard, HaqCheck rendered the post FALSE.