The Burundian government Tuesday urged the secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to remain in Burundi, arguing that the government is doing all its best to restore peace and security.
“The Burundian government is doing all its best so that peace and security can be restored throughout the country. That’s why we call on ICGLR diplomats and experts to remain active in Burundi and follow up closely what goes on in Burundi,” Daniel Kabuto, Spokesman of the External Relations and International Cooperation Ministry told Xinhua.
According to Kabuto, the presence of the secretariat of the ICGLR in Burundi is “crucial”.
He indicated that the measure to relocate the secretariat from Burundi was decided last week in Luanda, Angola, in a summit of the ICGLR heads of state where Burundi “was not represented” due the failed coup attempt.
ICGLR Executive Secretary Alphonse Ntumba Luaba Monday told reporters that the ICGLR summit had decided a “temporary delocalization” of the secretariat from Burundi to another place to ensure the ICGLR personnel is “safe” and can continue working effectively. Enditem