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Tutsis in Clash Over Burundi Peace Accord

Associated Press
Sunday, August 20, 2000; Page A18

BUJUMBURA, Burundi Aug. 19 –– Riot police clubbed Tutsi demonstrators trying to mobilize opposition today to a peace agreement that President Clinton is being asked to endorse on a trip to East Africa next week.

The clash in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, epitomized the uncertainty over the accord with Hutu rebels.

President Pierre Buyoya, a Tutsi, said Friday that he and opposition leaders, including Hutu rebels involved in a seven-year civil war in which 200,000 people have died, have asked former South African president Nelson Mandela to put off the signing of a power-sharing agreement set for Aug. 28.

Mandela, who has been trying to cut a deal among Burundi's 19 political parties and interest groups, has invited Clinton and other world leaders to take part in the signing ceremony in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha.

Organizers of today's demonstration said life in this central African country, beset by a poor economy and an upsurge in rebel attacks, will get worse if the government agrees to share power with Hutus.

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