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Archbishop's Positive Meeting with Vice President of Burundi

Friday 20th April 2007

The Archbishop met with the Vice-President of Burundi, Dr Martin Nduwimana. The meeting took place at Lambeth Palace, London, yesterday evening [19th April 2007] and the two discussed the continuing difficulties faced by Burundi after a 12-year civil war.

The Archbishop last visited Burundi in 2005 where he saw the ongoing effects of the destruction caused by the civil war. He said that the meeting had been positive and encouraging:

"I was grateful to have the opportunity to hear at first hand how things have progressed since my visit to the country in 2005. As in so many places, the Church is well placed to play a vital role in the aftermath of conflict and tragedy, providing a structure through which aid can be delivered and construction organised.

The challenges of providing adequate health care and education remain key priorities and I and colleagues here at Lambeth will continue to do what we can to be of service as the Church and state in Burundi meet these challenges."

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