(FILES) - A file picture taken on April 16, 2015 shows Rwandan President Paul Kagame talking during a press conference with Ethiopia's Prime Minister at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. AFP PHOTO / Zacharias Abubeker
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Rwandan President Paul Kagame dismissed accusations on Tuesday that he was supporting efforts by a rebel group to recruit Burundian refugees, calling the charges "childish".More than 220,000 people have fled Burundi since April, when President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term sparked a failed coup and months of protests.Rwanda says more than 73,000 Burundians are now on its soil.Earlier this month, the charity Refugees International issued a report stating that Burundian refugees in Rwanda were being recruited by "non-state armed groups". No explanations have been offered as to why Rwanda, scene of a genocide in which 800,000 mostly Tutsis as well as moderate Hutus were massacred, would want to support a rebel group against Burundi.
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