Special Envoy Said Djinnit calls Burundian for political dialogue

6 May 2015

Special Envoy Said Djinnit calls Burundian for political dialogue

Vladimir Monteiro

The UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region called on all Burundian parties to give a chance to dialogue at the opening of the meeting which brought together all parties involved in the electoral process in 2015, on Tuesday in Bujumbura.
"I take this opportunity to call on Burundian parties to give all chances to dialogue, to commit to promote calm and to refrain from any act that could maintain the tension. I urge them to engage this dialogue and agree on the conditions that permit the continuation of the electoral process and holding of free, transparent, inclusive and peaceful elections", Said Djinnit stated.

For his part, the First Vice President of Burundi, Prosper Bazombaza announced the willingness of his Government to dialogue while calling for the immediate cessation of violence. Prosper Bazombaza said that if protests are stopped the Government is ready to release the youth detained during the demonstrations and suspend the arrest warrants against protests organizers. The First Vice President added that dialogue was initiated with media.

The meeting is organized by the Government of Burundi, with the support of the United Nations Electoral Observer Mission in Burundi (MENUB).

This meeting is part of the continuing dialogue initiated in 2013 aimed to contribute to the improvement of the political environment and the technical modalities conducive to the holding of free, transparent, inclusive and appeased elections in 2015.

The meeting brings together all stakeholders including political parties, civil society, religious groups and the media, in the presence of diplomats accredited to Burundi. The agenda includes an update of Burundi's current political and security situation by the minister of Interior Minister, a presentation of the on-going electoral process by the electoral commission (CENI)and discussions on the  implementation of the Roadmap, the Code of Conduct and the Charter of non-violence.