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Burundi: Politics and Government

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL16656, tabled on 25 June 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in Burundi following the failure of the Inter-Burundi Dialogue; and what action they are taking at the UN to ensure that political tensions are eased ahead of the 2020 elections and that the resolution of Burundi’s political crisis remains on the international agenda.

Answered on

4 July 2019

​We regret that the Inter-Burundi dialogue is yet to yield a resolution to the political crisis. We call upon the Government of Burundi to engage in good faith in inclusive dialogue with all parties, that reflects the spirit of the Arusha Accord. We also call on the region to remain focused on the importance of resolving this crisis to ensure stability and prosperity in Burundi and the region.

We remain very concerned that the elections will not take place in a fair and peaceful environment and we therefore continue to press for Burundi to remain on the agenda of the UN Security Council. We have been in discussions with like-minded countries to assess options for re-engaging the Government on dialogue and the upcoming elections, taking into account the role of the UN Special Envoy for Burundi and the UN Security Council.