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26 Jul 1996 description
report Times

FROM SAM KILEY IN BUJUMBURA

26 Jul 1996 description
report The New York Times

By DONALD G. MCNEIL JR.
AIROBI, Kenya -- After two days of confusion about who was running Burundi, the Tutsi-dominated army announced a coup on Thursday, named a new president and dissolved Parliament.

The Burundi capital, Bujumbura, was reported to be quiet on Thursday night after soldiers sealed the country's borders and airport, set up road blocks and moved the curfew from 9 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Political parties were banned and the military said that anyone who tried to start a demonstration would be punished.

26 Jul 1996 description
report ActionAid

After yesterday's military coup ACTIONAID has called on the United Nations to take immediate responsibility for helping Hutus and Tutsis who have had to leave their homes. It is estimated that there were already one million displaced people in Burundi at the time of the coup.

25 Jul 1996 description

Burundi's government was in tatters this week, as the bitter ethnic civil war in the country worsened, and the President - unable to rely on the protection of his army - fled to the US embassy.

25 Jul 1996 description

MASKHADOV, KVASHNIN MEETING CALLED OFF. The planned meeting between Chechen chief of staff Aslan Maskhadov and the commander of the Russian Interior Ministry troops in Chechnya, Lt.-Gen. Anatolii Kvashnin, failed to take place on 24 July, Russian and Western media reported. The commander of the Russian federal forces in Chechnya, Lt.-Gen.

25 Jul 1996 description

[IRIN Note: Following is the text of the address given for Pierre Buyoya=
on national Burundi media last night, 25 July 1996.]

Message du President BUYOYA a la Nation

Les forces armees burundaise auxquelles se sont joints les forces
vives de la nation ont decide de nous confier la lourde et noble mission
de sauver le pays de la profonde crise qui le ruine depuis trois ans.

Cette delicate mission ou plutot ce sacrifice, nons l'avons accepte.


Aucune ambition personnelle ne peut justifier a l'etat actuel des choses
25 Jul 1996 description

[ Note: This item is extracted from the full briefing.]
U.S. Department of State
96/07/25 Daily Press Briefing
Office of the Spokesman

Briefer: Nicholas Burns

BURUNDI
Curfew Imposed/Major Pierre Buyoya Named Interim President/ National Assembly Suspended/U.S. Support for Arusha Peace Process............................................1-2
Amb Wolpe to Return to Central Africa ........................2
All Americans Safe in Bujumbura...............................2

25 Jul 1996 description

BUJUMBURA (Reuter) - Burundi's Tutsi-dominated army seized power Thursday, ending a power vacuum and defying world leaders who had threatened heavy penalties if there was a coup.

25 Jul 1996 description

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (Reuter) - Burundi's Tutsi-dominated army announced a military take-over Thursday and named the former ruler, Maj. Pierre Buyoya, as the head of its junta, state radio said.
The army cited insecurity in the ethnically divided country and government failure to rule as reasons behind the coup.

25 Jul 1996 description

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (Reuter) - Burundi's Tutsi-dominated army seized power Thursday, outlawed political parties and closed the airport and land borders, state radio said.
It said the new leaders, headed by former military ruler, Major Pierre Buyoya, had disbanded parliament and imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew throughout the central African country where up to 1,000 people each month are dying in ethnic violence.

The army cited insecurity in the ethnically divided country and government failure to rule as reasons behind the coup.

25 Jul 1996 description

" In view of the socio-political disorder in which the country has been plunged, the inability of the country's institutions to deal


with this catastrophic situation, the de facto resignation of the President of the Republic, the fact that unspeakable acts of
genocide and killings almost everywhere in the country have become commonplace, the inability of political parties to deal with
the crisis in a coherent manner, and the proven inefficiency of the government Convention,
25 Jul 1996 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam warned today that Burundi is teetering dangerously on the brink of a 'double genocide' with both extremes of the political and ethnic divide committing widespread human rights abuses. The charity claimed that if the international community failed to act now then Burundi would be doomed to further disaster leading to catastrophic consequences for the whole region.

25 Jul 1996 description

BRUSSELS, July 25 (Reuter) - The European Commission has asked its handful of staff in Burundi to leave, but the EU's charge d'affaires in Bujumburu will remain.
A spokesman for the Commission -- the European Union's executive -- said the EU was ''extremely concerned'' about the situation in Burundi and was seeking contact with allies to plan action.

25 Jul 1996 description

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Reuter) - The Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity warned Thursday that any coup in Burundi where the president has taken refuge in the U.S. ambassador's residence would be met by force.