Ban Ki-moon praises agreement between Burundian Government and rebel group

Ban Ki-moon praises agreement between Burundian Government and rebel group

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the agreement between Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza and Agathon Rwasa, leader of the Palipehutu-National Liberation Forces (PALIPEHUTU-FNL), to implement the ceasefire deal they reached last year.

Yesterday’s agreement in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, concerned the implementation of the Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement between the two sides last September.

Mr. Ban “hopes that both parties will maintain the momentum created in Dar-es-Salaam to allow for the earliest recovery and consolidation of peace,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson today.

The statement also expressed deep thanks to Tanzania, South Africa and the African Union (AU) for their “valuable contributions to the peace process” and pledged the UN’s continued support to Burundians for their efforts to bring lasting peace to their country.