Wednesday, March 3, 1999 Published at 16:17 GMT
The tourists as targets
The UK foreign office website now advises against travel to the forest region
By Diplomatic Correspondent James Robbins
It is becoming clear that the eight tourists killed at the hands of Hutu rebels in south western Uganda were targeted because of their nationality.
The information has caused alarm amongst British and American officials, but representatives at the UK Foreign Office have been keen to point out that there is nothing unique about British policy in the region.
They say it keeps in step with accepted European Union policy towards a region with a recent violent history.
At the height of the Rwandan genocide five years ago Hutu extremists succeeded in killing around half a million. But they still lost control to the Tutsis who now rule there.
The US and UK governments give their support to the new regime, but so does much of the rest of the world.
But the Hutus do have some historic colonial links with the French.
Many of the leaders of the Hutu rebels have set up base in exile in France and Belgium - the region's old colonial powers - from where they are believed to have been raising funds for the Interahamwe.
That probably explains why their nationals were spared.