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Vol 37 No 15

Published 19th July 1996


Burundi

Intervention on the agenda

Plans to bring in a foreign military force will have to take account of growing political ambitions in the government army

Hysteria has spread in Burundi with the prospect of an intervention force of Ethiopian, Tanzanian and Ugandan troops. Nevertheless, this force was requested by President Sylvestre Ntibantunganya and Prime Minister Antoine Nduwayo at the Arusha summit on 25 June. Also represented at Arusha were the presidency of the Organisation of African Unity, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zaïre (not President Mobutu Sese Seko or Premier Kengo wa Dondo but Foreign Minister Jean-Marie Kititwa). Since Arusha, the Forces pour la Défense de la Démocratie have mounted fresh attacks. The FDD's political arm, the Conseil National pour la Défense de la Démocratie (CNDD), says this is because their leader, Léonard Nyangoma, was excluded from the talks. Former Interior Minister Nyangoma claims he is also still a member of the Front pour la Démocratie au Burundi (Frodebu) which was founded by Melchior Ndadayé , the President assassinated in October 1993.

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