The Elders urge all sides to cooperate with East African Community efforts to resolve Burundi conflict

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LONDON, 8 July 2016

The Elders urge all sides to cooperate with East African Community efforts to resolve Burundi conflict

The Elders welcome the planned resumption of the Inter-Burundian Dialogue as part of ongoing efforts to resolve the current crisis in Burundi, under East African Community facilitator Benjamin Mkapa. The Elders stress the importance of attending the upcoming talks and urge all participants to cooperate and negotiate in good faith.

The Elders recall the role of their founder Nelson Mandela in negotiating the 2000 Arusha Agreement, which has formed the basis for Burundi’s post-civil war settlement. The Elders therefore stress the importance of retaining the spirit of the Arusha Agreement, and the need for dialogue and compromise in the interests of a secure and stable future for the people of Burundi.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said:

“I have been deeply concerned by the deterioration in the situation in Burundi over the past year, and by the increased use of violence on all sides of the conflict. Any long-term solution will require a willingness from both the government and opposition groups to come to the negotiating table, and a commitment to finding a peaceful and inclusive resolution to the current conflict.”

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About The Elders

The Elders are independent leaders using their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide. The group was founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007.

The Elders are Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan (Chair), Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Harlem Brundtland (Deputy Chair), Hina Jilani, Ricardo LagosGraça MachelMary Robinson and Ernesto Zedillo.

Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu are Honorary Elders.

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