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'Breakthrough' in Burundi Talks

The authorities in Burundi have said that there has been a breakthrough in talks to end the war between the government and rebels forces. The main rebel group, Forces for Defence of Democracy (FDD), reiterated its commitment to implement the ceasefire agreement signed in January in South Africa. However, President Domitien Ndayizeye of Burundi and FDD leader Pierre Nkurunziza, who attended the talks, failed to agree on the extension of the mandate of the African peacekeeping force currently deployed in Burundi, as sought by regional leaders. The smallest and the oldest Hutu rebel group, FNL which had refused to take part in the inter-regional talks in Tanzania’s capital, Dar es Salaam, has called for mediation by the former chief negotiator Nelson Mandela. It accused the current mediator, Jacob Zuma of bias. Full Story

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