One of Africa's smallest and poorest countries is facing major trade difficulties because of the border war between neighbouring countries, Tanzania and Uganda.
One of Africa's smallest and poorest countries is facing major trade difficulties because of the border war between neighbouring countries, Tanzania and Uganda. The country is Burundi...a former Belgian colony, and on Wednesday (21 February) its Foreign Minister, Edouard Nzambimana, met the German Foreign Minister to ask for help.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting between Mr. Nzambimana and German Foreign Minister Hans Genscher, took place in Bonn... only days after a similar meeting with the Belgians. Burundi can't export its huge coffee crop, because normal trade routes through Tanzania have been disrupted.
At the talks the German Foreign Minister said he hoped the conflict in central Africa could be solved without foreign interference. In Belgium, the Burundi leader was given a re-assuring promise -- that Belgium might help in an eight million dollar (U.S.) road and air operation to get Burundi out of its trade problems. As well as exporting its coffee crop...which accounts for 90-percent of the country's trade...Burundi urgently wants help in importing vital oil supplies to the land-locked nation. Mr. Nzambimana has also been re-assured that the European Economic Community...an established source of financial aid to Burundi, will examine the current trade problems.