Burundi – Facilitation efforts led by Benjamin Mkapa to promote inter-Burundian dialogue (December 1, 2016)

France pays tribute to the determination and commitment of Facilitator and former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa to find a political solution to the Burundian crisis in accordance with the Arusha Agreement, which he just reaffirmed in a communiqué published on December 1.

We reaffirm our full support for him in his efforts to promote inter-Burundian dialogue, in accordance with the mandate entrusted to him by the East African Community.

The only way to put an end to the crisis is through a political solution. We call on all Burundian actors – the authorities as well as the opposition – to engage constructively in the forthcoming consultations led by Benjamin Mkapa in Bujumbura, as well as in future sessions of the inter-Burundian dialogue.