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Burundi Rebel Attacks to Intensify

The main Hutu rebel group in Burundi has threatened to increase its military attacks on the capital, Bujumbura. The Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD) began shelling the capital and other cities last Thursday. FDD spokesman Gelase Daniel Ndabirabe told Reuters news agency that his group would step up assaults until the government agreed to restart ceasefire talks. The spokesman accused the government of ignoring an agreement forged last December which included the rebels in a power sharing government. The current Tutsi president is due to hand over to his Hutu deputy as part of the arrangement on 1 May. But the FDD say President Pierre Buyoya is not planning to include them in transitional government institutions such as parliament, the senate and the army. “We need urgently a regional summit to decide what will be the place of rebels in the transitional government,” the FDD spokesman said, adding that the talks need to have taken place before the handover. Full Story

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