Thursday, August 19, 2004

Burundi: prez says no talks with FNL

The Forces nationales de liberation (FNL) claimed resposibility for the attack in which over 150 refugees were killed.
President Domitien Ndayizeye, speaking on return from a meeting of African leaders in Tanzania that condemned the Hutu Forces for National Liberation (FNL) but stopped short of sanctions, said the group's leaders would be a arrested.

Ndayizeye said his government would take all necessary measures to halt the rebels' activities.

"It is a fact that we will not negotiate with that movement," he told reporters. "Secondly, the different resolutions of the Dar es Salaam summit recommended the restriction of movements and arrest of FNL leaders."

[...] The FNL said they were not worried by the "terror" tag.

"We've said it several times, FNL refuses any talk with President Ndayizeye, he is a Hutu and FNL has said and repeated it, it wants talks with members of the Tutsi community," FNL Spokesman, Pasteur Habimana told Reuters.

Habimana said at the weekend his group had attacked the refugee camp after initially targeting a military camp nearby. But Burundi's army disputed this, saying the refugee camp attack by the FNL and allied attackers was "a plan of genocide". (source)
Also ... the DRC today recalled its ambassador to Burundi, citing concerns for his safety. The government of Burundi has claimed that Congolese troops were involved in the attack on the refugee camp.

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