France welcomes Burundi transition programme

Paris- France (PANA) -- The latest Burundi transition programme brokered by former South African President Nelson Mandela has been hailed by France as a major step towards the full implementation of the Arusha (Tanzania) peace accord.
Mandela, the international peace mediator on the Burundi crisis, announced this week that Burundi President Pierre Buyoya is to lead the country for the first 18 months of the transition period, with Domitien Ndayizeye from the main pro-Hutu opposition party FRODEBU as Vice-President.
French Foreign Ministry spokesman Francois Rivasseau, said the process as spelt out by Mandela would bolster peace in the troubled country.
But he appealed to Burundi rebel forces to pursue negotiations without delay or pre-conditions in order to facilitate the cessation of hostilities.
France also reminded donors to redeem their pledges made at the Paris conference on Burundi last December.

12 july 2001 20:10:00

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