South African Government plan to deal with the fall out resulting from the disputed election of the President of the Republic of Burundi, Mr Pierre Nkurunziza

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QUESTION NO: 2920 (NW3423E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO.30-2015 OF 14 AUGUST 2015

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Ms D Carter (Cope) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

Whether the Government has a plan to deal with the fall out resulting from the disputed election of the President of the Republic of Burundi, Mr Pierre Nkurunziza; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? (NW 3423E)

REPLY:

The recent elections in Burundi have been held under a difficult environment. In response, the East African Community (EAC) convened three Summits, to which South Africa was invited as a special guest, to discuss the Burundian crisis. Considering that the elections have since been held with President Nkurunziza being re-elected, what is required in Burundi now is to embark on a national dialogue with a view to forming an inclusive government, putting an end to violence, and a return of refugees.

South Africa believes that the East African Community (EAC)-appointed facilitator on Burundi, President Museveni of Uganda, supported by the African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) Special Envoys will lead in this regard and South Africa remains ready to provide diplomatic and political support to the peace, and facilitation process in Burundi.

South Africa, as a former mediator in the Burundian peace process that led to the signing of the historic Arusha Accords and the return of peace and democracy in Burundi, following years of devastating civil war, would want Burundi to remain peaceful and stable and South Africa will continue to play her part in the search for sustainable peace, security and development in Burundi.

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