The Report of the National Commission to Study the Question of National Unity in Burundi: a critical comment

In May 1989 the National Commission for the Study of National Unity in Burundi, appointed by President Buyoya, issued its report, ostensibly designed to find a lasting solution to the bloody confrontations that have repeatedly pitted Hutu against Tutsi. Careful reading of the report suggests a number of reservations as to its probable impact. The report is an extraordinary mlange of truths and untruths, of moral exhortations and warnings, of irreducible historical facts and glaring omissions. The language of the report is at times so deliberately vague as to raise serious questions about its credibility. For all its flaws, however, the report does contain some significant recommendations. Note.

Title:The Report of the National Commission to Study the Question of National Unity in Burundi: a critical comment
Author: Lemarchand, R.
Year:1989
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume:27
Issue:4
Pages:685-690
Language:English
Geographic term:Burundi
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/161116
Abstract:In May 1989 the National Commission for the Study of National Unity in Burundi, appointed by President Buyoya, issued its report, ostensibly designed to find a lasting solution to the bloody confrontations that have repeatedly pitted Hutu against Tutsi. Careful reading of the report suggests a number of reservations as to its probable impact. The report is an extraordinary mlange of truths and untruths, of moral exhortations and warnings, of irreducible historical facts and glaring omissions. The language of the report is at times so deliberately vague as to raise serious questions about its credibility. For all its flaws, however, the report does contain some significant recommendations. Note.