Dialogue between Burundian parties resumed
The African Union (AU), the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the United Nations, facilitators for Burundian dialogue, on Tuesday brought together parties involved in 2015 elections in an attempt to resume the process. The East African Community (EAC), also member of the facilitators team, will join the process on Wednesday.
Tuesday's meeting was organized within the framework of the AU Heads of State and Government Summit of 13 June 2015 which communiqué called for "the resumption of dialogue between all the Burundian parties within one week following the adoption of the present communiqué, under the facilitation of the AU, the UN, the EAC and the ICGLR, with the support of the concerned members of the international community."
On Friday, the UN Secretary-General welcomed African Union communiqué and requested his Special Representative and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa, Abdoulaye Bathily, to offer good offices in Burundi in support of regional efforts to reduce tensions and help Burundians peacefully settle their differences. "Special Representative Bathily will work closely with the African Union, the East African Community and the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region", the Secretary-General spokesperson stated as he expressed gratitude to his Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, for his tireless efforts impartially facilitating the dialogue among Burundian stakeholders during May and June of this year.
Tuesday's meeting brought together opposition political parties, civil society organizations, religious leaders and two former Heads of States. The Government and the ruling party and allies did not take part at this first session.