Minister Nqakula to Visit Burundi and Tanzania

Pretoria - The Facilitator of the Burundi Peace Process, South African Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula will visit Burundi and Tanzania on Tuesday 19 September 2006.

The visit comes within the context of the need for the Facilitator to engage with all role-players including the government of Burundi and the Paliphehutu-FNL with a view to the implementation of the 7 September 2006 cease-fire agreement between the government of Burundi and the Paliphehutu-FNL.

In this regard, South Africa has committed itself to assisting the people of Burundi in post conflict reconstruction and development initiatives.

The visit to Tanzania and Burundi follows shortly on the recent workshop held in Johannesburg to assess the way forward for the implementation of the 7 September agreement.

This agreement mandated the government of Burundi and the Paliphehutu-FNL to cease passive and aggressive activities within 72 hours of the signing, that included, among others, all military activities and propaganda.

Accordingly hundreds of the Paliphehutu-FNL combatants are moving from their areas of operation in compliance with this agreement.

The Facilitator will, in his deliberations with the governments of Burundi and Tanzania, discuss areas of cantonment and assembly points, registration of, food provision and security for these combatants.

The Facilitator will be joined by representatives of the United Nations, African Union and other donor organisations that will assist with providing food, healthcare and securing the welfare of the combatants.

The Facilitator is expected to convene a meeting in Burundi of the donor community to discuss their support for this process.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
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18 September 2006

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