The Burundian government welcomes the decision of the African Union Peace and Security Council to permanently remove Burundi from the Council’s agenda, following the significant progress made. This announcement was made by the Minister of External Relations and Cooperation Albert Shingiro, on his twitter account, this weekend.
In this publication, the Burundian minister welcomed the measure of the African Union and explained that the withdrawal of Burundi follows the steps taken by the government in place to ease the political situation. « I welcome the decision of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union to permanently withdraw Burundi from the Council’s agenda, following the significant progress made, » he wrote.
In 2015, the African Union had sent a mission of human rights observers following the political crisis caused by the third term of the late Pierre Nkurunziza. Since his ascension to power in June 2020, Evariste Ndayishimiye stands out for his initiatives to end the political crisis.
In light of the significant progress and positive developments in Burundi, the AU decides to end the mandate of the AU Human Rights Observer and Military Experts Mission in Burundi on 31 May 2021, » Shingiro said.
Positive notes from the AU
On the occasion of this withdrawal, the African Union, « congratulates the Government, in particular, the leaders and the people of Burundi for the successful organisation of the elections on 20 May 2020 and the subsequent formation of a new government, under the leadership of H.E. Evariste Ndayishimiye, President of the Republic, » reads the statement.
In addition, the AU « encourages Burundian stakeholders to preserve the gains achieved since the peaceful transition, and calls on all parties to adopt a spirit of political tolerance to foster national cohesion and reconciliation, » the communiqué adds.
It should be noted that this decision was taken by the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), during its 993rd meeting, held on 27 April 2021.