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Truth Commission Recommended for Burundi

A U.N. mission has recommended establishing a truth and reconciliation commission and a special chamber to prosecute alleged war crimes in Burundi, which has been embroiled in repeated ethnic violence since independence in 1962. Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Ralph Zacklin told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that Secretary-General Kofi Annan wants the U.N. Secretariat to proceed with implementation of the recommendations. Burundi’s Justice Minister Didace Kiganahe said his government supported the recommendations but was concerned about the risk of overlap between the commission and the trial chamber. The government also believes that reconciliation should be at the heart of peace and national unity — and felt this was not adequately emphasized in the proposal, he said. Full Story

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