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Vol 42 No 17

Published 31st August 2001


A sort of peace

The Mandela peace deal is better than none but its far from final

Regional peacemakers are now embroiled in the minutiae of the Arusha Accords on ending Burundi's eight-year civil war, amid general scepticism that the power-sharing agreement brokered by Nelson Mandela can hold. This delicate and intractable conflict began with the assassination in late 1993 of the elected President, Melchior Ndadaye, of the moderate Hutu Front pour la Démocratie au Burundi (Frodebu). This revived the old rivalry between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi elite. The murder was part of an abortive coup d'état by Tutsi supremacists on the armed forces general staff.

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