Joint Communiqué on the 24th Regional Summit on Burundi,
Entebbe, 22nd April 2005.
At the invitation of His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta
Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda and Chairperson of the Regional
Initiative on Burundi; His Excellency Benjamin William Mkapa, President of the
United Republic of Tanzania, and Vice-Chairperson of the Regional Initiative on
Burundi; His Excellency Honourable Mwai Kibaki, President of the Republic of the
Kenya; His Excellency Levy Mwanawasa, President of the Republic of Zambia; and
His Excellency Domitien Ndayizeye, President of the Republic of Burundi; held
a one-day Regional Summit on Burundi at Entebbe, Uganda, on 22nd April 2005.
Summit was also attended by His Excellency Jacob Zuma, Deputy President of the
Republic of South Africa and Facilitator of the Burundi Peace Process; The Right
Honourable Benard Makuza, Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda; and Honourable
Ambassador Teshome Toga, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture of the Federal
Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Special Representative of the United Nations
Secretary General; and the Representative African Union.
The Summit received
a report from the Facilitator on the progress that had been made since the 23rd
Summit. The Facilitator also raised the following issues for consideration and
guidance by the Summit:
- the Elections Calendar;
- the extension of
the transition period.
The Chairperson of the Burundi Independent Electoral
Commission (IEC) briefed Heads of State on the proposed Elections Calendar.
of State noted the strong desire of the people of Burundi to have a democratically
elected government that should usher in a new culture of legitimacy and constitutionalism.
The Heads of State welcomed the successful holding of the referendum that culminated
into the adoption of the new Constitution.
The Summit noted with satisfaction
the Elections Calendar and endorsed it. The Summit endorsed a further extension
of the transitional period up to 26 August 2005 in line with the approved Elections
Calendar. Heads of State welcomed the commitment by the transitional Government
that this Calendar will be strictly adhered to.
The Summit noted the Report
by The United Republic of Tanzania on progress that had been made with regard
to FNL. The Summit endorsed the pending meeting between His Excellency President
Mkapa and Rwasa Agathon, Leader of the FNL and commended His Excellency's efforts
to bring FNL on board the peace process.
The Summit noted the operational
concerns during the transition period raised by the CNDD-FDD through the Facilitator.
The Summit mandated the Facilitator to engage the Transitional Government and
the CNDD-FDD with a view to addressing them.
The Heads of State reaffirmed
their commitment to ensure the full implementation of all the provisions of the
Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement. Heads of State appealed to the International
Community to extend the requisite support to the Transitional Government of Burundi
needed for the full implementation of the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement.
of State also exchanged views on various regional and international issues of
interest to the Region.
The Summit expressed warm appreciation to His Excellency
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the Government and the people of the Republic
of Uganda for the warm hospitality extended to them and their Delegations during
their stay in the Republic of Uganda, which facilitated the fruitful deliberations
and successful outcome of the Regional Summit Meeting.
DONE AT ENTEBBE ON
22nd APRIL 2005