Mukasi declares Arusha agreement a "waste of time"

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The self-declared chairman of the radical wing of Burundi's ruling Unity for National Progress (UPRONA), Charles Mukasi, has described the agreement signed in Arusha, Tanzania in August 2000 as a "waste of time".
Speaking in Bujumbura after an audience with the visiting European Union special envoy in the Great Lakes region, Aldo Ajelo, Mukasi said that peace would continue to be elusive as long as rebel groups refuse to sign the accord.
He said that the only way to get Burundi out of this situation was to work out another "resolutely anti-genocide plan, for that's where the problem lies".
Mukasi broke away from UPRONA, which he accused of accepting to negotiate with parties "that backed the Burundian rebellion in its genocide campaign".
However, most of the Burundi political class has supported the peace agreement whose effective application, particularly the establishment of new institutions on 1 November.
The incumbent President, Maj.
Pierre Buyoya, is expected to head the new transitional government for a period of 18 months.

14 september 2001 22:38:00




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