The Associated Press quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on recent concern over violence in Rwanda:

Royce’s letter sends an ‘‘unequivocal message’’ that is a ‘‘long time coming,’’ said J. Peter Pham, the director of the Africa Center at the Washington-based Atlantic Council.

‘‘While no one ignores the extraordinary achievements of Rwanda in the two decades since the genocide and, even granting the necessity for some tough discipline in the period immediately after that horror to pull the nation together and rebuild, it is impossible to overlook what is happening both inside the country and outside,’’ Pham said by email Thursday.

Pham said it was significant that both a Republican leader in Congress and the Democratic-led State Department are expressing concerns.

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