Regional summit on Burundi peace process wraps up in Tanzania

Regional summit on Burundi peace process wraps up in Tanzania

The Burundi peace process appears to have advanced another step today in Arusha, Tanzania, where governments wrapped up a regional initiative summit on the war-torn central African country, a United Nations spokesman said today.

Speaking to the press in New York, the spokesman said former South African President Nelson Mandela - the Facilitator of the peace process - had won agreement from the Governments attending the summit for his formula to have the current President of Burundi, Pierre Buyoya, serve the first year and a half of a three-year transitional government, alongside a Hutu Vice President. A Hutu would then serve as President during the second 18-month period.

Berhanu Dinka, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for the Great Lakes region, attended the summit, which has four core country members - Uganda (as chair), Tanzania (as vice chair), Kenya and Rwanda.