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COSATU hails Burundi peace agreement

8 October 2003

The Congress of South African Trade Unions congratulates all those responsible for the historic peace agreement signed by the leaders of Burundi in Pretoria. In particular we congratulate the President, Deputy President and government of South Africa f or their role in facilitating this milestone settlement and in ensuring that the Burundi leaders finally reached agreement.

There is one vital precondition for development and that is peace. This deal is a big confidence booster, giving some meaning to the objectives of Nepad and showing that African leaders can solve their own problems. This is a big day for all Africans. COSATU joins in the celebrations and is particularly thrilled that such a breakthrough should have been made on South African soil.

Patrick Craven
Acting COSATU Spokesperson

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