UN envoy welcomes Burundi's commitment to peace accord for Great Lakes region

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Mary Robinson, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, addresses a press conference during her visit to Goma. UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

The United Nations special envoy for the Great Lakes region, Mary Robinson, has welcomed Burundi's commitment to an agreement aimed at bringing peace to the Great Lakes region.

The President is reported to have said that his country is ready to send well-trained peacekeeping officials as part of efforts to bring peace to the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ms. Robinson spoke to reporters on Friday after meeting Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunzinza in Bujumbura, as she wrapped up a week-long mission to the region.

"This is my first visit as the special envoy for the Great Lakes region. I had a very good meeting with the President and I was very encouraged by his strong support for the framework agreement of 24 February and the necessity that this time it makes a difference and that this time we are going to implement this framework agreement."

Ms. Robinson was also informed by President Nkurunzinza that Burundi's airport will be available for use for the United Nations operations in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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