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No Agreement At Burundi Peace Talks - 2003-09-16


Peace talks aimed at ending Burundi's decade-old civil war have ended without agreement on key issues.

Burundi's President and the leader of the country's main rebel group failed to reach agreement on how they would share power in a new government.

Burundi President Domitien Ndayizeye and rebel leader Pierre Nkurunziza met along with officials from several African countries Monday in Tanzania's capital, Dar es Salaam. The goal was to end the Burundi civil war, which has killed an estimated 300-thousand people.

Early Tuesday, Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa announced that the talks had been adjourned because they were not conclusive. He did not whether the talks would reconvene.

Last year, the Hutu-led rebels of the Forces for the Defense of Democracy signed an agreement with the government. President Ndayizeye is a Hutu, but the army is dominated by Tutsis. It was a conflict between the two ethnic groups that sparked the civil war in 1993.

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