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Thursday, April 15, 1999 Published at 19:30 GMT 20:30 UK

World: Africa

Burundi troops in Congo

The Burundian vice-president, Frederic Bamvuginyumvira, has acknowledged that his country has troops stationed in the Democratic Republic of Congo where rebels backed by Uganda and Rwanda are fighting an alliance of forces supporting President Kabila.

In a BBC interview, he said they were there to prevent attacks from Congolese territory -- and were not fighting with the rebels.

It's the first time Burundi has publicly acknowledged having troops in Congo.

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