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Group Of International Envoys Support The AU’s Communique On Burundi

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(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) - The Team of international Envoys for the Great Lakes Region of Africa has welcomed and strongly support the African Union Peace and Security Council’s (AUPSC) forward-leaning October 17 Communiqué regarding the ongoing crisis in Burundi.

The Envoys fully agree that "only a genuine and inclusive dialogue, based on the respect of the Arusha Agreement, would enable the Burundian stakeholders to find a consensual solution to the crisis facing their country, preserve peace and consolidate democracy and the rule of law".

They also endorse the AUPSC’s call for an earliest possible resumption of the mediation process under the leadership of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and for the full cooperation of the Burundian Government and all other concerned stakeholders with the Mediator.

They further welcome the request to the Chairperson of the Commission to initiate consultations with the EAC Mediator with a view to “speedily convening, in Kampala or in Addis Ababa, at the AU Headquarters, an inter‐Burundian dialogue involving all concerned stakeholders, both those who are in Burundi and those outside of the country, in order to find a consensual solution to the current crisis.”

The Envoys further commend the request to the AU Commission to expedite and finalize, in consultation with the EAC and the East African Standby Force, the contingency planning in order to respond to the possibility of much wider-spread violence, should the situation so require.