BUJUMBURA May 28th (ABP) – The President of the Republic of Burundi, Mr. Evariste Ndayishimiye, received in audience successively the representative of the United Nations Secretary General in Central Africa, Ambassador François Loucencény Fall and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Central African Republic, Mrs. Sylvie Baipo Temon, on Thursday May 27, 2021.
At the end of the audience, Ambassador François Loucencény Fall indicated that this is his third visit to Burundi and that he came within the framework of the 51st session of the Standing Advisory Committee in charge of Security Issues in Central Africa. He said he took advantage of that audience to condemn the grenade attacks perpetrated on the day of their arrival, in the evening of May 25, 2021 and considers that those terrorist actions are likely to undermine the efforts of the government of Burundi which are being carried out to stabilize the country.
He added that the United Nations noted the efforts already made by President Evariste Ndayishimiye to stabilize security since his accession to power in June 2020. They also expressed their solidarity with the people of Burundi following the rising waters of Lake Tanganyika which creates humanitarian conditions to which the United Nations will attach importance. The United Nations commended Burundi’s efforts in maintaining peace and security in Africa, in particular the positive role that Burundian troops play in Somalia and CAR.
They also took note of Burundi’s commitment, which is making a remarkable comeback in sub-regional political organizations, in Central Africa and in the Great Lakes region. They encouraged the President of Burundi for his positive actions which are being carried out not only to stabilize Burundi and national reconciliation but also to ease the atmosphere in the Great Lakes Region and beyond.
Ambassador François Loucencény Fall pointed out that on Friday May 28, 2021 they have to open the ministerial session on security, which Burundi will chair for 6 months. He congratulates the country in advance on the role it will play during the 6 months of its chairmanship in order to continue to consolidate the bases of cooperation, security and stability not only in the Great Lakes Region but also in Central Africa.
In turn, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Central African Republic (CAR), Sylvie Baipo Temon, indicated at the end of the audience that she was carrying a message of greetings from her President to his Burundian counterpart Evariste Ndayishimiye. He thanks him for the honor he bestowed upon him by attending his inauguration on March 3, 2021 upon his re-election. The President of the CAR also sent his condolences to the people of Burundi and the families of the victims following the sad news of the grenade attacks of May 25, 2021. He expressed his compassion and support to him in these difficult times.
As part of the political process led by the Central African President, he also wants to inform his peers who are part of the Economic Community of Central African countries on what is being done. In the case of Burundi, a Burundian contingent is in CAR and is working for a return to peace, reason why he must keep him informed of developments in the situation.