Former Tanzanian President Benjamin William Mkapa, as facilitator of the Inter-Burundi Dialogue, announced the formal dialogue would commence next week after completion of consultative talks.

BurundiAccording to a statement issued on Wednesday, the session is scheduled for February 16-18 in the Tanzania’s northern safari capital of Arusha.

The convening of the session follows rigorous consultations the facilitator made with various stakeholders within and outside Burundi, after which he identified an 8-point agenda agreed to be the main sticking points that he reported to the Summit in September 2016.

In this initial phase of the dialogue that is by and large a political process, the facilitator will invite some political parties and political actors to whom he will introduce the unpacked 8-point agenda to determine areas of convergence and divergence.

Other stakeholders like civil society organizations, religious groups and women and youth will be invited in later sessions for a similar purpose. It is the expectation of the facilitator that, in the initial dialogue, the participant will draw up an outline of the would-be agreement, which will be continuously refined until it is agreed upon by all stakeholders and can be signed as a final agreement hopefully in June 2017. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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