- Title: BURUNDI: FIGHTING DENTS CEASEFIRE HOPES
- Date: 25th April 2004
- Summary: (W8) BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI (APRIL 23, 2004) (REUTERS) 1. SLV BUJUMBURA, STREET SCENES, PEOPLE 0.11 2. MV BURUNDI MINISTER OF INFORMATION ONESINE NDUWIMANA ENTERING OFFICE 0.19 3. (SOUNDBITE) (FRENCH) ONESINE NDUWIMANA SAYING "The government welcomes the initiative. It is a sign that Palipe Hutu FNL (Forces of National Liberation) finally understood that Burundi should live in peace. So we think that if the FNL really want to stop combat and attacks we can assume that war is over in Burundi." 0.40 (W8) KABEZI, BURUNDI (APRIL 23, 2004) (REUTERS) 4. SLV DISPLACED PEOPLE CAMP, VARIOUS OF THE CAMP 0.52 5. MV WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN THE CAMP 1.09 6. (SOUNDBITE) (KIRUNDI) YOUNG WOMAN LIVING IN THE CAMP SAYING "If the war stops and FNL accepts to leave the swamps to join the others (regular army) I will be very happy because here we are suffering from cold. If they accept to stop fighting we will be very happy to go home." 1.33 7. SCU/MV FAMILY SHARING A MEAL (4 SHOTS) 1.47 (W8) BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI (APRIL 23, 2004) (REUTERS) 8. (SOUNDBITE) (SWAHILI) BUJUMBURA RESIDENT SAYING: "We, common people, we are very happy to learn about the decision of FNL to go back to the negotiation table. Even the government appealed to the common people to support it in whatever way they can." 2.06 9. SLV STREET SCENES 2.22 (W8) MAKAMBA (ON THE TANZANIAN BORDER), BURUNDI (APRIL 22, 2004) (REUTERS) 10. SLV HOUSE DESTROYED IN THE WAR OF 1997 2.26 10. SCU REMAINS, BONES OF PEOPLE KILLED IN THE CONFLICT 2.39 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: BUJUMBURA, KABEZI, MAKAMBA, BURUNDI
- Country: Burundi
- Duration: 00:02:40
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- Story Text: Burundi fighting dents ceasefire hopes
Peace hopes flickered briefly when the FNL (Forces
of National Liberation) declared a ceasefire early on
Thursday (April 22, 2004) saying it wanted to join a transitional
government trying to shepherd the tiny country of 6.5
million to peace 10 years of civil war.
But Burundi's army and Hutu rebels fought a second
straight day of clashes on Friday (April 23), a day after
the ceasefire declaration by the insurgents.
The militant FNL is the only Hutu rebel group that had
still been fighting the Tutsi-dominated government, often
attacking troops in its stronghold close to the capital.
Rebels from the Hutu majority have fought a decade-long
civil war that has killed 300,000 people to try to end the
traditional dominance of the minority Tutsi community.
The group denied it had started the latest fighting.
Political analysts say the fighting damages hopes the
country can hold elections planned by the end of the year
under a 2000 peace accord.
Hopes for the polls rose sharply late last year when the
main Hutu rebel group, the Forces for the Defence of
Democracy, agreed to stop fighting and joined the coalition
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