Summit re-affirms immunity for Burundian politicians

Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - A two-day mini summit on Burundi ended over the weekend in Dar Es Salaam re-affirming the need to give immunity to all affected political players in Burundi in line with the Arusha Agreements of 2000.
The transitional government of Burundi and the CNDD-FDD also agreed at the summit to share power in accordance with the 2000 Arusha Agreement and the December 2002 ceasefire accord.

Details on power sharing in Burundi, according to a communiqué issued in Pretoria Monday by the South African government, would be finalised among the parties in line with the said agreement. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, chairman of the Regional Peace Initiative on Burundi, convened the summit in an effort to resolve outstanding issues hampering the full implementation of the Ceasefire agreement signed 2 December 2002.

President Pierre Buyoya of Burundi, chairman of the Great Lakes Regional Peace Initiative on Burundi, President Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania, Deputy President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, who is also facilitator in the Burundi ceasefire negotiations, and CNDD-FDD Secretary General Hussein Rajabu also attended the summit. "Both sides agreed on the need for a new Constitution for Burundi. In drafting the new Constitution, the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement of 2000 and other related documents would be put into consideration," the communiqué said.

The Transitional Government of Burundi and the CNDD-FDD recommitted themselves to the Joint Declaration signed in Pretoria last January, and to implementing the agreement on the uninterrupted distribution of food supplies and medicines to members of the CNDD-FDD in the Bubanza and Ruyigi provinces of Burundi.

The summit urged both parties to urgently supply all outstanding data relating to location and numbers of combatants to the facilitator.


Pan African News Agency
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