Ethiopia: AU considers re-launching Burundi peace talks

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma met Wednesday with the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Said Djinnit in Addis Ababa to discuss the escalating violence in Burundi, the Commission said in a statement.

According to the statement, Djinnit visited the AU headquarters to discuss the possibility of re-launching political dialogue in Burundi, with the support of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, in order to avert escalation of violence in the East African country.

The violence in Burundi appears to be taking a social, political and economic direction with opponents of President Pierre Nkurunziza restricting any social contact with pro-government supporters. There have been politically-motivated killings.

“The meeting provided an opportunity to exchange views on the overall situation in the Great Lakes Region, including in Burundi,” the AUC said. “They stressed the need for the urgent launching of an inclusive inter-Burundian dialogue, and reiterated the AU and UN full support to the mediation efforts led by President Museveni.”

East African Community (EAC) leaders mandated President Museveni to lead the political dialogue in Burundi, after a series of meetings failed to yield results.The leaders had earlier sought postponement of the controversial presidential election recently held in Burundi.

However, when the approach failed, they appeared to lose interest in the process to continue with the talks for a power-sharing government.

There has been concern of possible genocide unless urgent steps were taken to stop the crisis.

The AUC Chairperson and the UN Special Envoy also exchanged views on the implementation process of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework (PSCF) for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the region.

In this context, they noted that, in spite of the progress made to date, a number of challenges still remain to be addressed.

They concurred on the need to review and revitalize the implementation mechanisms of the PSC Framework, including the Regional Oversight Mechanism which brings together the Heads of State and Government of the signatory countries of the Framework.

They agreed on the need for the AU and the UN, together with the other guarantors of the Framework, to make renewed efforts to this effect, in order to successfully achieve its objectives.

In addition, Dlamini Zuma and Djinnit discussed the ongoing preparations for the Private Investment Conference in the Great Lakes Region, scheduled to be held February 2016 in Kinshasa.

They acknowledged the importance of the Conference because its success would give further impetus to regional cooperation and development.
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