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Vol 42 No 2

Published 26th January 2001


Burundi

Laurent's legacy

Change in Congo-Kinshasa may now concentrate minds onthe Arusha accord

The late President Laurent-Désiré Kabila left an unfinished mystery for Burundi. He had long supported Hutu rebel groups against Major Pierre Buyoya's government in Bujumbura. Yet six days before his murder on 16 January, he attended a surprise meeting in Libreville, Gabon, to discuss a Burundi ceasefire. Kabila and Buyoya met Jean-Bosco Ndayikengurukiye of the insurgent Hutu Forces pour la Défense de la Démocratie (FDD). Kabila said it was a success; Buyoya agreed that a ceasefire would be good. However, Colonel Epitace Bayaganakandi, former Interior and Transport Minister and the chosen candidate of the G10 group of Tutsi parties, roundly condemned the meeting because it was organised without the approval of the other signatories to the Arusha agreement. In his view, Buyoya is just buying time.

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