President Omar Bongo and Vice President Jacob Zuma, the Regional Peace Initiative on Burundi, the Government of South Africa, the United Nations and the African Union.
The Ministers welcomed the encouraging development in the peace process and encouraged the government and all the Burundi parties to fully implement the provision of the Peace Agreement and the Ceasefire Accords, and to resolve the outstanding issues related to the organization of elections as stipulated in the communiqué of the 22 Summit of the Great Lakes Regional Peace Initiative on Burundi.
The Ministers condemned in the strongest terms the horrible massacre of the Congolese refugees of GATUMBA camp in Burundi which occurred on 13 August 2004 and for which PALIPEHUTU-FNL claimed responsibility. They fully endorsed the actions proposed against that movement by the 22nd Regional Summit including the resolution to
The Ministers welcomed the adoption of the resolution 1545 by the UN Security Council which allowed the deployment of the Operation of United Nations in Burundi (ONUB) from June 1st 2004, and encouraged the latter to use its mandate to help Burundians to
reach the lasting peace and the national reconciliation. commended the work done by the African Mission to Burundi took over.
The ministers strongly (AMIB) before the ONUB
declare PALIPEHUTU-FNL terrorist community to support this decision.
The Ministers appealed to the donors to support the peace process in BURUNDI by releasing the assistance promised during the Forum of Brussels on 13 January 2004, in order to meet the humanitarian needs and to help the economic reconstruction of the country.
The Ministers expressed their support for the efforts undertaken for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Cote d’Ivoire. They welcomed the Linas Marcoussis Accord signed on 14 January, 2003 endorsed by the Security Council Resolution 1464(2003) and called on the interested parties to work together in the strict implementation of this Accord. They also welcomed the signature on 30 July 2004 of the Accra III Agreement on Cote d’ Ivoire by which, amongst others, the Ivorian political parties confirmed their total adherence to the Linas Marcoussis Accord and the Accra II Agreement.
The Ministers appealed to all Ivorians to engage into a true national reconciliation process so as to maintain the sovereignty and territorial integrity of their country as a strong and prosperous country. To this end, they invited them to work in a spirit of forgiveness, tolerance and solidarity.
The Ministers further welcomed the efforts being made by the Heads of State of the sub- region, other regions of Africa and ECOWAS, with the assistance of the UN Secretary General and the international community to ensure the restoration of peace and security in Cote d’Ivoire.