Buyoya for Arusha peace talks

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi leader Pierre Buyoya left Bujumbura Monday for a sub-regional Summit in Arusha, Tanzania, on the peace process in his country.
The Summit is to discuss the setting up of new institutions, pursuant to the August 2000 inter-Burundi peace agreement signed in the Tanzanian city.
Buyoya said before his departure, that he would brief his counterparts on preparations to set up a new government and a parliament by 1 November.
Under the Arusha peace agreement, Hutu parties (the dominant ethnic group) are to occupy 60 percent of the political posts in the different institutions, while the minority Tutsi parties would get 40 percent.
But the agreement did not specify the ministries reserved for each party, which is part of ongoing negotiations.
On the cease-fire, Buyoya said he would ask his counterparts to prevail on the rebels to come to the negotiating table.
Burundi's two main rebel movements, the Democratic Defence Forces (FDD) and the National Liberation Front (FNL) are not signatories to the inter-Burundi peace agreement signed by 19 parties.
The rebel movements are also not expected at the Arusha meeting despite efforts by the international mediator, South African former President, Nelson Mandela, to bring them.
Other African leaders expected at the meeting, include Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania, Omar Bongo of Gabon, Daniel arap Moi of Kenya, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Joseph Kabila of DR Congo, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and South African Vice-President Jacob Zuma.

01 october 2001 23:46:00

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