Negotiations Between the Transitional Government of the Republic of Burundi and the CNDD-FDD (JEAN BOSCO), 21 August 2002

Negotiations aimed at obtaining a cease-fire agreement between the Transitional Government of the Republic of Burundi and the National Council for the Defence of Democracy-Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) of Jean Bosco Ndayikengurukiye, are continuing today, Wednesday (21 August 2002), in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Preliminary consultations with the two delegations took place on Monday, 19 August 2002, and actual cease-fire negotiations began on Tuesday, 20 August 2002.

The CNDD-FDD, and the Transitional Government have committed themselves to the negotiations, and have also reaffirmed their determination to work towards peace and stability in Burundi.

We are satisfied with the progress made by the two delegations thus far, and are optimistic that they will find common ground, for the sake of the future of Burundi and its people.

The facilitation is also continuing discussions with the CNDD-FDD lead by Pierre Nkurunziza.

Enquiries: Lakela Kaunda on 082-782-2575

Issued by Jacob G Zuma, Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa

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