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Vol 37 No 18

Published 6th September 1996


Burundi

Balance of terror

With a narrowing support base, Buyoya has to make progress before the embargo bites

The embargo imposed by Burundi's neighbours on 31 July, six days after the coup which put Major Pierre Buyoya back in power (AC Vol 37 Nos 15 & 16), has two aims. These are to restore both peace (not least, to stop the flow of refugees) and constitutional order on the 1993 model, with power back in the hands of the National Assembly and elected President. The Organisation of African Unity and, implicitly, the United Nations Security Council have backed the sanctions moves, which have been led by neighbours Tanzania and Uganda, supported by Kenya, Zaïre and Zambia, and reluctantly, by Rwanda. Yet there are widespread doubts as to whether this strategy is acceptable or politically effective.

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