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Vol 49 No 10

Published 9th May 2008


Peace deal in shreds

The rebel attacks on Bujumbura last month threaten to unravel the regime and the tottering economy

The flurry of summitry in response to a series of mortar attacks on Bujumbura by the Hutu rebels of the Forces Nationales de Libération (FNL) in late April has yielded a positive result: a pledge by the FNL leader that the rebels would return to Burundi and abide by the peace deal signed in 2006. This came in response to an ultimatum issued by regional leaders to the FNL, most of whose fighters are based in neighbouring Tanzania: return to Burundi or face expulsion. Feelings of positivity were short-lived as the government killed 50 rebels on 6 May.

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