The ongoing instability has the potential to impact on the stability and security of the neighbouring countries in the East African region, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) said.

Burundi“The attacks by armed rebels on military bases in and around Bujumbura on 11 December 2015 and resultant deaths have further given rise to serious concern amongst the international community, which South Africa shares,” DIRCO spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

The attacks left 87 people dead, including 79 gunmen, four soldiers and four policemen.

“South Africa wishes to highlight the need for the violence and killings to stop, and urges parties to refrain from using inflammatory language that could incite further tensions,” Monyela said.

South Africa, he said, calls on all the Burundian stakeholders to engage immediately in the all-inclusive dialogue, and for the urgent start of the mediation led by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, who was appointed by the East African Community.

South Africa supports the urgent strengthening and increased deployment by the AU Peace and Security Council of military, human rights and police observers, said Monyela.

“We furthermore urge donor partners to reconsider their decision to cut funding as it will have a negative impact on the socio-economic situation and worsen the already high poverty levels amongst ordinary Burundians,” he said.

South Africa as a former mediator in Burundi remains ready and will continue to support the people of Burundi to achieve stability and development, the spokesperson said.

Burundi is facing a political turmoil since April when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his bid for a third term in violation with the constitution, according to the opposition and the civil society.

This political crisis has led to the killing of more than 300 persons and forced some 200,000 into exile in neighboring countries. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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