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Vol 45 No 2

Published 23rd January 2004


Cart before horse

An offer of aid may tempt the last rebel movement in from the cold

The Bujumbura government and the international donors in the Forum for Burundi may have put the cart before the horse. In Brussels on 13-14 January, they put together US$1.32 billion-worth of promised funds for reconstruction and post-civil-war stabilisation. Yet peace still depended on a successful meeting between President Domitien Ndayizéyé and the rebel Forces Nationales de Libération (FNL). The Burundian parties in Brussels, the Tutsi-dominated government and Pierre Nkurunziza's Hutu former rebels, the Forces de la Défense de la Démocratie (FDD), hoped to tempt the FNL into the queue for the peace dividend.

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