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Mandela hails peace deal as genocide stalks Burundians

Africa’s Godfather of peace, Nelson Mandela, flew to Burundi yesterday to bless an historic transfer of power, even though the country is in the grip of a worsening war and civilian atrocities. Pierre Buyoya, of the minority Tutsis, handed the presidency to Domitien Nzayizeye, a Hutu, as his part of a peace deal to end 10 years of war. “I swear to fight against genocide,” he said, referring to the waves of ethnic violence that have convulsed the central African state for nearly 30 years. Mr Mandela, who patiently stewarded the torturous negotiations, described it as “a great day for Burundi”. But if the old man looked frail as he shuffled across the sweaty hall, so do the political accords. Full Story

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