President Clinton flew to East Africa yesterday in hopes of witnessing a settlement to the civil war in Burundi, but negotiations stalled at the last minute, leaving Clinton to plead with rival factions for compromise.
Clinton made an eight-hour stop in Tanzania to attend what was meant to be a dramatic finish to a two-year peace process led by former South African President Nelson Mandela. But Burundi’s Tutsi-led government and several hard-line Tutsi parties balked at the deal framed by Mandela. In the end, most of the country’s political leaders signed a framework for an agreement that left key elements to be negotiated.
The main sticking point was when a three-year transition process to democracy would begin. President Buyoya demanded that no transition to multi-ethnic rule begin until a cease-fire is signed with Hutu rebels who have boycotted the talks.
The agreement now calls for the transition to begin immediately, according to a member of the mediation team who spoke on condition he not be named.
- Kassahun Checole, the publisher of Africa World Press.
Recent Shows More
The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to
democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions,