Jacob Zuma meets Kabila over Burundi crisis

Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- South African vice-president Jacob Zuma has expressed optimism about peace prospects in Burundi, saying his country was committed to the process despite protests from the Hutu rebellion and Tutsi opposition.
On a tour of the Great Lakes, Zuma said during his Kinshasa lap that he briefed President Joseph Kabila on the situation in Burundi on behalf of the facilitator in the peace process there, former South African president Nelson Mandela.
Solutions to problems, he said, would be found during the next meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, where several Heads of State in the region have been invited for a harmonisation of positions.
Reacting to charges that South Africa was more interested in Burundi than in DR Congo, Zuma said his country could not interfere in Congo because the process there had a separate facilitator in the person of former Botswana president Ketumile Masire.

19 july 2001 14:23:00

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