Statement from 13th Extra Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State

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State house conference hall, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

13th may 2015

The heads of state consulted on the situation in burundi. At the time they were consulting, there were new developments in Burundi: -

1. Summit condemns the coup in Burundi and calls for the return to consitutional order.

2. Given the situation in Burundi, conditions are not conducive for elections in Burundi and the summit calls upon the authorities to postpone the elections for a period not beyond the mandate of the current government.

3. As the region continues to consult with all stakeholders to make sure that the situation in Burundi normalises and elections can be held in a free, fair and peaceful manner in respect of the constitution of Burundi, the laws of Burundi and the Arusha peace and reconciliation agreement; the summit condemns violence and calls on all parties to make sure that violence stops.

4. The region will not accept nor standby if violence does not stop or escalates in Burundi.

5. The summit will reconvene soon to review the situation in Burundi.

EAC secretariat Arusha Tanzania May 2015