M7 To Mediate Burundi Peace Talks

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been appointed to lead and facilitate dialogue on Burundi crisis.

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“Given the continuing political impasse in Burundi, the summit appointed H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, president of the republic of Uganda to facilitate dialogue at the highest level, among the parties in Burundi with a view to finding solutions to all contentious issues,” reads the statement released by East African Community.

The summit also directed Burundi to postpone its elections until July 30 in order to create room for facilitation of dialogue which will restore harmony.

It also resolved whoever wins the presidential elections in Burundi should form a government of national unity involving those who participated in elections and those who did not; and should as necessary provide seats for special interest groups.

The summit further requested whichever political party wins the presidential elections and all other political parties commit to uphold the Arusha peace and reconciliation agreement and commit not to amend the constitution of Burundi in respect to term limits and other fundamental principles enshrined in the Arusha agreement.

Leaders at the summit requested government of Burundi to disarm Imbonerakure and other armed youth groups allied to political parties and that   the African Union should urgently deploy military observers to oversee the disarmament process.

The organization will send an electoral observer mission to observe the presidential elections later this month.

Burundi has been shadowed by unrest since April this year when current president, Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would run for a third term.

Thereafter, demonstrators, mainly supporters of opposition political parties thronged to the streets demanding Nkurunziza to revert his desire to contest.

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