President Buyoya leaves for Beirut summit

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi leader Pierre Buyoya left Bujumbura Thursday for Beirut to attend the 9th ordinary Francophonie summit which opens Friday in the Lebanese capital.
The meeting, to be attended at least 40 Francophone leaders, will be devoted to "the dialogue of cultures.
" Buyoya told the press shortly after his departure that he would deliver a message on this theme at the conference.
He added that the meeting will "see how countries and citizens of different cultures can enrich each other and co-habit in peace.
" "I will have contacts with my counterparts and brief them about Burundi's concerns of the day.
These have to do with the civil war in my country and the efforts being made for economic recovery," Buyoya said, adding that there will be bilateral donors such as France, Belgium and Canada at the summit.
"They play an important role in the field of bilateral co-operation and we are going to seize the opportunity to remind them of the difficult situation of Burundi's economy is facing and the need to help us restructure it," Buyoya said.

17 october 2002 22:50:00

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