Burundi - Benjamin Mkapa’s nomination as mediator by the East African Community (March 3, 2016)


France welcomes the nomination, by the heads of state of the East African Community, of Benjamin Mkapa as mediator of the Burundian Dialogue.

The date for resuming that dialogue should be announced shortly.

The pledges made by the Burundian authorities with respect to mobilizing regional and international actors to resolve the crisis must be put in to practice in a timely fashion.

New measures are expected, particularly with regard to effectively respecting human rights and basic freedoms, and creating greater openness in the public sphere and the media.