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THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION MEETS IN A MEETING-BRIEFING THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR CORPS AND OF REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

On Friday October 9, 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, His Excellency Ambassador Albert SHINGIRO met the Representatives of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps and of Regional and International Organizations accredited in Burundi. They discussed several subjects, including the strengthening of diplomatic relations, the request to withdraw Burundi from the agenda of the United Nations Security Council, and the lifting of unilateral and immoral sanctions unjustly imposed against Burundi by some partners, an exchange on an unjustified upsurge in complaints lodged at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation by Burundian nationals who served in Diplomatic and Consular Missions and Regional and International Organizations that operate in Burundi.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation reminded his listeners that the period  they have just spent in Burundi allowed them to personally realize the political evolution in our country, in particular the step taken in consolidating democracy and building the rule of law.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation caught the attention of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Burundi, on the central character of the future of the security sector in Burundi, namely its regional character. Indeed, Burundi is in a region marked from time to time by outbreaks of violence and instability caused by the negative forces that abound in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as the non-respect of regional legal instruments in matters related to peace and security. It is a challenge for Burundi and the region, but the Minister has called for responsibility.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation pointed out that the Government of Burundi strongly supports the idea that the economic development pursued by regional groups requires constant work for the maintenance of peace and security in each country. Also, the initiatives that Burundi is taking come from the deep feeling that Africans must be able to face their challenges. The Minister said that to African problems, there must be African solutions. He said that it is within this framework that Burundi provides its full support to the operationalization of the African Union’s peace architecture with a view to dynamic regional cooperation to effectively resolve our own conflicts.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation said that the results of the three-month campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic launched by His Excellency Evariste NDAYISHIMIYE, President of the Republic are very encouraging. However, despite significant progress made in the fight against this pandemic, given that the enemy is still present among us, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation called for a redoubled vigilance and intensification of the common fight.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation informed the Representatives of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps and of Regional and International Organizations accredited in Burundi, that for a better channeling of this common fight, the Fund allocated to the fight against COVID-19 will now be a single Fund hosted at the Bank of the Republic of Burundi and that all those who want to intervene in this area will go through this channel. Any parallel initiative will unfortunately be counterproductive.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation urged the Representatives of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps and of Regional and International Organizations accredited to Burundi to report and bear witness to the real reality on Burundi, because their frankness, their sincerity and their good faith can contribute to the withdrawal of Burundi from the agenda of the United Nations Security Council and the lifting of unilateral and immoral sanctions unfairly imposed on Burundi by certain partners.

In the same context, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation invited certain partners who have taken unilateral and immoral sanctions unfairly imposed on Burundi to lift them without delay because the status quo is not an option and it is counterproductive for all parties. If these unjust, immoral and illegal sanctions continue, Burundi could, in turn, use the principle of reciprocity as a last resort.

For his part, His Excellency Ambassador Albert SHINGIRO, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation has promised them full collaboration so that they can easily accomplish their respective missions.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation insisted on the unjustified increase in complaints filed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation by Burundian nationals who served in Diplomatic and Consular Missions and accredited Regional and International Organizations in Burundi who ask for the intervention of the Ministry so that justice is done to them. Most of the disputes between their missions and local employees relate to employment contracts, their interpretation and management.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation urged the Representatives of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps and of the Regional and International Organizations to correctly and positively interpret the content of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Headquarters Agreements , in particular with regard to the sometimes abusive management of privileges and immunities. This would avoid the current inconvenience which unfortunately goes far to appeals for trials.

To conclude, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation reiterated to the Representatives of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps and of Regional and International Organizations, Burundi’s attachment to the principles of the United Nations Charter, to shared values ​​aimed at making the world in which we live, more just, more united and respectful of the environment in general and of the Mother Earth in particular.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation said that those who want to walk with Burundi, they have in front of them a reliable partner, honest and faithful to the sincere friendship between the peoples.

Finally, in their turn, the Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps welcomed this initiative and took note of it.

The Deputy Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to Burundi, His Excellency Kenneth N. Vitisia said that the Diplomatic Corps congratulates the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation for the good relations. The Deputy Dean of the Diplomatic Corps also testified that the democratic elections in Burundi went well and that they will support the Government of the Republic of Burundi in the development initiatives by drawing inspiration from the National Development Plan of Burundi (PND 2018-2027).

The Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to Burundi also praised Burundi’s contribution to the restoration and maintenance of peace and security in Somalia and the Central African Republic in particular and in the Region in general.

The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Burundi, His Excellency Mr. Li Changlin said that the Diplomatic Corps is closely following all the events happening in Burundi. The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Burundi said that he followed the conduct of the 2020 elections in Burundi and testified that they went well.

His Excellency Mr. Li Changlin said that the People’s Republic of China will continue to support the Government of the Republic of Burundi so that Burundi is removed from the agenda of the United Nations Security Council and that unilateral and immoral sanctions unfairly imposed on Burundi by some partners be lifted.

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