Burundi opposition politician says he has been severely critical of the mediation / facilitation of the East African community in the Burundian crisis mainly because of the lack of transparency and non-compliance with the minimum credibility rules of this peace process.
Speaking from the Belgian capital Brussels, Jeremiah Minani a Democratic Leader of CNARED-National Council for the Compliance with the Arusha Agreement for peace and reconciliation in Burundi and the restoration of the rule of law-said despite his criticism, there is no doubt that his party has supported and supported all peace efforts initiated by the East African community, the African Union and the United Nations to end the Burundian crisis.
That is why, in July 2015, he took part in the peace talks conducted by the East African community, which was facilitated at the time by dr Chrispus Kiyonga, on behalf of President Yoweri Museveni, mediator of the inter – Burundian.
“As we made significant progress, the Burundian regime withdrew unilaterally from these peace talks and rushed towards a fictitious election that turned the crisis into chaos that we have today.”
On 29 September and 06 October 2018, Minani had constructive discussions with other key actors in the Burundi crisis and, together, they agreed to support the next inter-Burundian negotiations.
“I will now make a statement in my capacity as a former candidate for the disputed presidential election of 2015 from which the current crisis was born and also as one of the 34 brave Burundian citizens placed by the Burundian regime under politically motivated international arrest warrants.”
This is his full statement:
Today, as we look around the world some of the most devastating conflicts with a great human cost, no Burundians, except Pierre Nkurunziza and a small clique around him, want our country to fall into another civil war.
Unless Pierre Nkurunziza imposes another war on the people of Burundi, I would not want our country to be devastated like Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia or the Central African Republic where our troops are engaged in trying to restore stability.
That is why I have just agreed to support the next session of the inter-Burundian negotiations under the leadership of the current mediation / facilitation of the East African community which, unfortunately, has not made good progress in the last three Years.
As I have already said, there is not much that we can be proud of with regard to what has been accomplished by the East African community in the Burundian crisis and it is important that mediation / facilitation Recognize that much remains to be done to end the Burundian crisis.
Although I have agreed to support the efforts of the mediation / facilitation of the East African community, I believe that the on-going peace process must be inclusive and must include both the opposition and the Burundian regime and their allies, civil society, religious leaders and women’s movements and youth groups.
If we are interested in peace building in Burundi, we cannot afford to ignore those who ignited the anti-third mandate.
I have also been informed that the Burundian regime is still refusing to sit with the 34 people it has placed under unjust and politically motivated international arrest warrants, including myself.
Although I personally believe that these arrest warrants should be cancelled to enable all stakeholders to participate in the forthcoming negotiations, I do not believe that this issue should block the ongoing peace process.
If the Burundian regime continues to use the issue of politically motivated arrest warrants as an excuse to sabotage the ongoing peace process, I firmly believe that negotiations should move forward without these 34 people under mandates of politically motivated, because the Burundian crisis is not just about those 34 people who are wrongly accused of being of.
The issue of politically motivated arrest warrants should then be discussed with other issues, including the issue of justice for victims of international crimes committed in Burundi since April 2015., which is important for mediation / facilitation of Undoubtedly guarantee the full equality and meaningful participation of all stakeholders who are not affected by these unjust and politically motivated international arrest warrants.
Finally, I would like to remind everyone that there is less luck in the success of the efforts of the East African community in the Burundian crisis, not only because of the lack of transparency and credibility of the peace process in but also because of the obstinacy of the Burundian regime to deny the crisis and reject inclusive negotiations.
The United Nations and the African Union must then be ready to resume the process if the next inter-Burundian negotiating session fails to find a lasting solution to the Burundi crisis.
The status quo is not acceptable and risks turning the crisis into another civil war that no one, except Pierre Nkurunziza and the clique around him, wants.