Mandela attends Burundi peace talks in Pretoria

Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela on Wednesday turned up at the ongoing Burundi peace talks in Pretoria devoted to post-election power sharing arrangements in that civil war-wrecked country.
Burundi's interim President Domitien Ndayizeye, Pierre Nkurunziza of the former rebel Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD), Jean Minani of the Hutu-dominated Front for Democracy in Burundi (FRODEBU), Jean-Baptiste Manwangari of Tutsi-dominated Unity for National Progress (UPRONA) are attending the talks.
Mandela joined the South African President Thabo Mbeki and his deputy, Jacob Zuma, who is the mediator in Burundi's 11-year crisis.
The retired South African leader, who was appointed as mediator of the Burundi peace process in 2002 before deputy president Zuma took over, said he had not come to intervene in the talks.
Representatives of various parties in the meeting that started Sunday have not yet reached a consensus on some issues relating to power sharing.
However, a source close to the talks said an agreement by the Burundi parties was likely to be reached Wednesday on some of the issues contained in the peace accord signed at Arusha, northern Tanzania on 28 August 2000.

21 july 2004 14:38:00




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