Emergency Meeting of the Ministers of EAC Affairs on Burundi held in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 18 May 2015: The Ministers of East African Community Affairs on 18th May 2015 in Arusha, held an emergency meeting to address matters emerging in the Republic of Burundi. The meeting was called following the directive issued by the EAC Heads of the State at their 13th Extra-Ordinary Summit held on 13th May 2015, in Dar es-Salaam, Tanzania.

The Meeting, chaired by the Hon. Dr Harrison Mwakyembe Minister, was briefed of the results of the meeting of the Attorneys General held on the 15th May 2015, in Arusha, Tanzania and noted that the report thereof would be submitted to the Summit for consideration.

The meeting deliberated on the current situation in the Republic of Burundi and, in preparation for the Summit which will be convened by the Chairperson of the Summit of the EAC Heads of State, agreed as follows:

a) The EAC Eminent Persons/COMESA Committee of Elders to visit Bujumbura to continue with consultations with all actors and report to the Summit;

b) The Chairperson of the Council of Ministers and the Secretary General will urgently visit the Republic of Burundi to assess the situation on the ground;

c) The Ministers/Cabinet Secretary responsible for EAC Affairs to visit the refugee camps hosting refugees from the Burundi both in the Republic of Rwanda and the United Republic of Tanzania to assess the humanitarian situation in the camps.

MAY 2015