Burundi alliance of parties to meet mediator Mandela

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A delegation from a seven-party alliance of the Hutu majority ethnic group in Burundi flew Thursday to South Africa for talks next Friday with the mediator in the Burundi conflict, Nelson Mandela.
The delegation including former Burundi President Sylvestre Ntibantunganya, Parliamentary speaker Leonce Ngendakumana and the Secretary General of the majority Front for Democracy in Burundi (FRODEBU), would discuss with Mandela the leadership of the transitional period in Burundi.
This discussions come in a wake of a deadlock on the implementation of the inter-Burundi peace agreements signed last August in Arusha, Tanzania.
The process was feared stalled after a group of ten political parties dominated by the Tutsi minority ethnic group failed to agree on one candidate to run for the first 18-month period of the transitional leadership.
Before leaving for South Africa, the Hutu delegation said they were off to seeking Mandela's help in getting the Tutsis agree on their candidate for the transition.
Coveting the Tutsi transitional half are President Pierre Buyoya, Colonel Epitace Bayaganakandi and ex-President Jean Baptiste Bagaza.

14 june 2001 23:34:00

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