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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 17, 2005


Burundi Cease-Fire Agreement

The United States welcomes the May 15 agreement on an immediate cease-fire between the Government of Burundi and the Party for the Liberation of the Hutu People-National Liberation Front (PALIPEHUTU-FNL). This is a positive step in support of the peace process.

We congratulate the Government of Tanzania, and in particular President Mkapa and Foreign Minister Kikwete, for their success in achieving this cease-fire. We reiterate our support for the Regional Peace Initiative on Burundi, as chaired by Ugandan President Museveni and facilitated by South African Deputy President Zuma.

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Released on May 17, 2005

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