Security Council lauds accord between Burundian Government and rebel group
“The resumption of the dialogue represents a major milestone on the way to peace consolidation in Burundi,” Council President and Belgian Ambassador Johan C. Verbeke said in a press statement.
The 15-member body commended the efforts of Tanzania – which hosted the recent talks between the two sides in Dar-es-Salaam – as well as those of South Africa, Uganda and the African Union in supporting the peace process.
Appealing for “continued dialogue, consensus-building and inclusiveness in order to achieve a successful transition,” the Council called on both sides to press forward with efforts to fully implement the Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement of 7 September 2006.
The Council’s statement echoes that of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who welcomed the same agreement earlier this week, expressing the hope that “both parties will maintain the momentum created in Dar-es-Salaam to allow for the earliest recovery and consolidation of peace.”
Yesterday, the UN Peacebuilding Commission – which focuses on reconstruction, institution-building and the promotion of sustainable development to prevent countries from sliding back into bloodshed – endorsed the framework to engage Burundi, the UN and other international partners to work together to consolidate peace in the African country.