President Thabo Mbeki to Lead South African Delegation to Burundi
Tshwane-President and Mrs.Thabo Mbeki will on Friday
26 August 2005, jet out of South Africa for Burundi to join other African leaders
in the Inauguration Ceremony of Burundian President-elect Pierre Nkurunziza, scheduled
for the same day.
South Africa played a major role in facilitating talks
between the main political protagonists in Burundi, as part of efforts to help
find a political settlement among themselves in the best interests of the people
South Africa has done so not for glory nor distinction, but
within the context of its stated commitment to promoting peaceful resolution of
conflicts and an encouragement of post-conflict reconstruction and development
both in Burundi and everywhere else in the continent of Africa.
historic occasion, South Africa pays tribute to the people of Burundi for restoring
dignity on all Africans by demonstrating that Africans are indeed committed to
moving away from politics of violent confrontation to peaceful resolution of conflicts.
In this regard, South Africa stands ready to assist the people of Burundi
on the road towards peace and democracy as well as their reconstruction and development
path. Let the light shine on the people of Burundi as they join nations of the
world as an equal partner.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa 082-990-4853
of Foreign Affairs
25 August 2005.