MFDC leader accuses Wade's government of stalling peace

Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- The new leader of Senegal's Movement of Casamance Democratic Forces (MFDC), has accused President Abdoulaye Wade's administration of "jeopardising" a peace process developed under former President Abdou Diouf.
The MFDC has been claiming independence of Senegal's southern Casamance region in a 19-year-old campaign.
The Movement's recently appointed Secretary General Jean-Marie Francois Biagui, made the latest accusation in a letter dated 9 September and released Sunday.
He claimed that for "nearly two years now, the new Senegalese administration has been jeopardising the Banjul initiative.
," in a reference to the peace meeting in the Gambian capital in December 1999, when Diouf was still in power.
The MFDC official, however, said his Movement would continue to work with determination toward the resumption of peace talks from where they had left off in February 2000, at Casamance headquarters, Ziguinchor, under the co-chairmanship of Gambia and Guinea Bissau.
Reaffirming his commitment to an "independent and sovereign Casamance," he said the crucial issue is to determine whether the Casamance population can be considered as a people with history, culture and territory, and with equal rights as others.

16 september 2001 16:07:00

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