Buyoya, Mandela optimistic over Burundi peace

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- President Pierre Buyoya of Burundi Saturday echoed what he said was the optimism of the mediator in the country's peace process, Nelson Mandela, that it was only a matter of days before things worked out.
"Mandela has been telling his Burundian interlocutors, including leaders of the majority Front for Democracy in Burundi (FRODEBU), that his wide-ranging consultations were at a point where the chances for reaching a negotiated peace could be real in the days to come," Buyoya said.
The Burundian Head of State affirmed that following "our private meetings with Mandela, we think we are making significant progress.
" He however added that the South African mediator was still to meet other Burundi groups, as well as foreign partners in the peace process.
A similar meeting between Buyoya and Col.
Jean Bosco Ndayikengurukiye (leader of the main Burundian rebel movement, the National Democratic and Defence Council) took place last January in Libreville, Gabon.
That meeting produced very little results, apart from the commitment of the two sides to continue contacts.

24 june 2001 19:20:00

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