Significant progress made in planning for Burundi's political futureListen /
Significant advances in terms of political dialogue have been made in Burundi.
Special Representative of the Secretary-General, UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, told the UN Security Council on Monday that for the first time since 2010, in March this year all Burundian political actors came together to discuss the country's political future and the way forward for the 2015 elections drawing on lessons learned from the 2010 electoral process.
He said politicians who had remained in exile abroad following their boycott of the 2010 elections returned to Burundi to participate in the workshop.
” Despite diverging view-points on several issues, participants agreed on a number of key principles going forward, as documented in the ‘elements of a roadmap’ that emerged as the workshop’s immediate outcome. Such principles included, amongst others, the need for inclusive political dialogue, the creation of a conducive security environment for the holding of free and peaceful elections, and the freedom of all political parties and actors to carry out their activities. “
Special representative Onanga-Anyanga said discussions during the three day workshop were open, frank and constructive.
He said the Home Affairs Ministry has assumed responsibility for moving the process forward in an inclusive manner.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.