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Vol 39 No 5

Published 6th March 1998


Burundi

Conflict irresolution

Support ebbs for the anti-Buyoya embargo as opposition militias go on the offensive

A hotel-keeper at Butare in southern Rwanda, asked in late January about a convoy of trucks bearing number-plates from Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania, replied: ‘C’est l’embargo qui passe!’ Sanctions were imposed on Burundi on 31 July 1996 to punish Major Pierre Buyoya’s coup and were effective for about three months. Clearly, Burundi’s neighbours apply sanctions selectively, if at all - yet a regional summit meeting in Kampala on 21 February agreed to continue them. Inside the closed-door meeting the Kenyan and Ethiopian delagtions argued for a formal end while Uganda and Tanzania, for different reasons, insisted the pressure on Buyoya be maintained.

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