Burundi: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 16th November 2018.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in Burundi on the failure of that Government to attend the fifth and final round of the Inter-Burundi Dialogue in Tanzania between 25 and 29 October 2018; and what assessment he has made of the prospects for a resumption in talks between that Government and the opposition in Burundi on resolving the political crisis in that country.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

I met with the Burundian Foreign Minister at UNGA and stressed the importance of Burundi participating in the latest round of the Inter-Burundi Dialogue, so it is disappointing that they did not attend.

The British Government continues to support the process, noting the importance regional actors play in enabling an inclusive dialogue, with all parties. We call on the Burundian Government to remain committed to resolving the political crisis.

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