Burundi gov’t ready for talks with opposition


Dar es Salaam — The government of Burundi yesterday said that it was ready to continue with peace talks to find lasting solution to the political crisis that has engulfed the country.

The statement comes a few days after peace talks between Burundi government and opposition groups were postponed in Arusha after government officials from the tiny east African nation failed to show up.

The talks, which opened in Uganda late last month, were set to continue last week in Arusha, Tanzania.

Speaking yesterday here in the city, the Burundian minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Alain Nyamitwe, said for the sake of the nation, the government was ready to continue with talks with any person regardless of his or her political affiliation.

 “The door is open for anybody or any civil society organization which thinks can in one way or another come up with the views which can bring the lasting solution to the political crisis in Burundi,” noted Mr Nyamitwe. The Tanzania’s minister for Foreign Affairs, East Africa, Regional and International Cooperation, Dr Augustine Mahiga commended the move by the Burundi government, saying it would bring relief to thousands of citizens who were on the brink of despair.

He called on Burundi to hold talks with Uganda as soon as possible so that, it would pave the way for the East African ministers to conduct their meeting ahea of that of the heads of state, with discussion of political situation in Burundi, topping the list of agenda.

“I would appreciate if within the two coming weeks, talks on the situation in Burundi, will be conducted and come up with resolutions that would bring hope to people of Burundi,” Dr Mahiga insisted.

The Citizen

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