On January 8 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency grant aid amounting to approximately 1.7 million USD (approximately 175 million JPY) to support the implementation of the presidential, parliamentary, and local elections in the Republic of Burundi to be held between May and September 2010. This assistance will be provided through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
These elections will take place following the conclusion of a civil war which began in the 1990's and the disarmament of insurgents. The elections are also important for the consolidation of peace in Burundi. Japan decided to provide this grant aid in consideration of the significance of these elections as well as bilateral relations between the two countries.
Japan hopes that progress will be made in democratization and national reconciliation through a fair and smooth electoral process in accordance with the planned schedule.