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Vol 41 No 17

Published 1st September 2000


Under Kilimanjaro

This rushed peace accord with little political will behind it may worsen the conflict

The clearest thing about the accord signed in Arusha on 28 August is its lack of finality and substance. None of the key issues - such as the new constitution, structure of power-sharing or reform of the military and security services - were agreed by all or even a majority of Burundi's quarrelling military and political factions. President Pierre Buyoya, who had delayed his appearance at the signing ceremony for several hours because of a dispute over the timing of the accord's implementation, put a gloss on it: 'Signing a peace agreement is only the first step in the quest for peace . . . negotiations will continue.'

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