New Partnership for Science, Technology and Innovation

The South Africa Department of Science and Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Global Development Lab, the newest bureau within USAID, to support the growing partnership between South Africa and the United States in using science, technology and innovation as important tools for advancing development. The signing ceremony was held during the USAID Global Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnership Summit at the USAID/Southern Africa headquarters in Pretoria.

Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding were: Dr. Phil Mjwara, Director-General, South Africa Department of Science and Technology; Cheryl L. Anderson, Mission Director, USAID/Southern Africa; and Ann Mei Chang, USAID Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab.

Dr. Mjwara explained the significance of the signing.

“I’m delighted that our partnership with USAID has reached this critical milestone of formalizing our relationship, which signals not only an intention to cement current gains around scientific research collaboration spanning the southern Africa region, social innovation, technical cooperation, and Human Capital Development, but also to grow the partnership in years to come,” Dr. Mjwara said.

“As DST, we value that our engagements are truly underpinned by a spirit of partnership and wish to see this continue as we deploy STI initiatives, under this MOU, to address our most pressing development challenges and fight poverty,” he added.

Ms. Chang described South Africa as “a leader in advancing the application of science, technology, and innovation.”

“Together with South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology, our unique partnership is enabling collaboration and leveraging investments to source and accelerate solutions to the most pressing development challenges in South Africa,” she said.

The U.S. Global Development Lab focuses its assistance on five regions, including Southern Africa, that work in partnership to use science, technology and innovation to address development challenges.

The Memorandum of Understanding recognizes the cooperation between DST and USAID under existing programs and facilitates new partnerships. Ongoing partnerships include Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development, through which South Africa works with USAID, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of The Netherlands and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency to support water smart agriculture, and the Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research, which supports South African researchers who are partnered with U.S. researchers in various fields of study.

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New Partnership for Science, Technology and Innovation

The South Africa Department of Science and Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Global Development Lab, the newest bureau within USAID, to support the growing partnership between South Africa and the United States in using science, technology and innovation as important tools for advancing development. The signing ceremony was held during the USAID Global Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnership Summit at the USAID/Southern Africa headquarters in Pretoria.

Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding were: Dr. Phil Mjwara, Director-General, South Africa Department of Science and Technology; Cheryl L. Anderson, Mission Director, USAID/Southern Africa; and Ann Mei Chang, USAID Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab.

Dr. Mjwara explained the significance of the signing.

“I’m delighted that our partnership with USAID has reached this critical milestone of formalizing our relationship, which signals not only an intention to cement current gains around scientific research collaboration spanning the southern Africa region, social innovation, technical cooperation, and Human Capital Development, but also to grow the partnership in years to come,” Dr. Mjwara said.

“As DST, we value that our engagements are truly underpinned by a spirit of partnership and wish to see this continue as we deploy STI initiatives, under this MOU, to address our most pressing development challenges and fight poverty,” he added.

Ms. Chang described South Africa as “a leader in advancing the application of science, technology, and innovation.”

“Together with South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology, our unique partnership is enabling collaboration and leveraging investments to source and accelerate solutions to the most pressing development challenges in South Africa,” she said.

The U.S. Global Development Lab focuses its assistance on five regions, including Southern Africa, that work in partnership to use science, technology and innovation to address development challenges.

The Memorandum of Understanding recognizes the cooperation between DST and USAID under existing programs and facilitates new partnerships. Ongoing partnerships include Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development, through which South Africa works with USAID, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of The Netherlands and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency to support water smart agriculture, and the Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research, which supports South African researchers who are partnered with U.S. researchers in various fields of study.

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Tigo Music Transforming lives of Tanzanian Artistes

The popular music of the new generation, known as ‘Bongo Flava’ has evolved from being seen as an art for ‘outlaws’-or rather; that’s how the older generation viewed it about two decades ago!

Today, the ‘pop’ music genre is the most loved source of entertainment by all, both young and old.

Bongo Flava has today literally transformed the local music scene and also gained international recognition in East Africa, Africa and beyond.

In fact, the ‘popular’ music industry has grown in leaps and bounds and has even become a big employer to most of the talented young Tanzanians who would otherwise have stayed jobless in a country where unemployment is the one of the greatest challenges among the youth.

Though the music has seen unfettered growth in the last decade, the artistes still face challenges. They have cited such challenges as limited breakthrough and exposure to international market, piracy and many others.

There are however, some companies, organizations and even individuals that have recognized the plight of these budding artistes and have come up with ways of supporting them in order to help them to achieve their dreams.

Tigo Tanzania (www.Tigo.co.tz) is one of those companies. Being a ‘digital lifestyle company’, Tigo has initiated Tigo Music Platform that seeks, among others, to market local artistes’ work locally and abroad.

Tigo has so far supported over 20 Tanzanian artistes through Tigo Music Platform since it was established in January 2015.

Speaking at various intervals, some artistes who have so far benefitted from Tigo said that through the platform, their music has been known in the international music arena as fans from all over the world have access to their work through online streaming.

“Through exposure to international audience, I now able to promote my music and earn extra money from my songs”, said Christian Bella, the Dar-based Congolese Bongo Flava music star.

“Music streaming is growing rapidly globally and it’s the second most popular mobile phone feature in Sub-Saharan Africa; that’s why as a digital lifestyle brand, Tigo is committed in supporting the local music talent”, a statement from Tigo says.

Tigo Tanzania partnerned with a French based international music streamer Deezer, the service that provides Tanzanians with unlimited music experience that offers access to about 36 million music tracks worldwide.

Speaking in an exclusive interview in Dar Es Salaam, Tigo Music, a local musician, David Genz alias ‘Yangdee’, who is one of the beneficiaries of the support from the platform and is now a famous ‘Bongo Flava” star, said: “Tigo Music platform has helped me to be known at local and international level”.

Yangdee added: “the platform is redemption to young musicians in the country as it has bought us from ‘underground’ to international level. We are very grateful to Tigo for its support”.

He was speaking when he accompanied other beneficiaries of Tigo Music to visit Tigo shops in Dar es Salaam and also exchange their experiences about their activities and Tigo Music platform.

On his part, Christian Bella, in an interview last year, praised the platform, saying that Tigo had ‘shown a keen interest in genuinely supporting Tanzanian artistes”.

In an interview in Dar es Salaam, Bella said: “Am particularly grateful to Tigo and it’s my hope and wish that this support will continue. Tigo has really motivated us!”

A statement from Tigo says that Tigo Music was introduced in 2015 mainly with the purpose of ‘supporting the Music industry of Tanzania by helping local Artists earn more money from Music sales and exposure into the international markets’ through Tigo branded Digital platforms such as Music portal and Deezer, an international web based streaming platforms with over 36million songs all over the world.

It adds: “Currently Local Artists have freedom to sign directly with Tigo or via our registered third party partners. Tigo’s support for Tanzanian artistes includes through the launch of Tigo Music Platform, payments to artistes for their music sales, sponsorship to their various music releases and participation in Tigo related activities, among others”.

“Tigo will continue to invest in supporting the local music industry by ensuring local artists are exposed to the international markets through its available digital platforms, collaborate with artists to participate in various Tigo launches, support artists on their music releases and hence increase their music sales and brand image”, the statement adds.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Tigo.

For further information visit:
www.Tigo.co.tz or contact:
William Mpinga – Tigo Brand Manager
Mobile: 0658 123 644. william.mpinga@tigo.co.tz

About Tigo
Tigo Tanzania (www.Tigo.co.tz) is the leading innovative telecommunication company in the country, distinguished as a fully-fledged digital lifestyle brand. Offering a diverse product portfolio in voice, SMS, high-speed internet and mobile financial services, Tigo has pioneered innovations such as Facebook in Kiswahili, TigoPesa App &iOS users, Tigo Music (Deezer) and East Africa’s first cross-border mobile money transfer with currency conversion.
Tigo has captured most of the market growth in 2014 and 2015*. Tigo has also launched 4G LTE network in Dar es Salaam and selected cities in 2015 and will be available in the major centres of Tanzania by end of 2016. In the past three years the company has launched over 500 network sites bring to over 2000 the total of its network sites. It plans to double its investment by 2017 in terms of coverage and additional capacity networks for deeper penetration in rural areas. With over 10 million registered subscribers, Tigo directly and indirectly employs over 300,000 Tanzanians including an extended network of customer service representatives, mobile money merchants, sales agents and distributors.
Tigo started its operations in Tanzania in 1994. Tigo is the commercial brand of Millicom, an international company developing the digital lifestyle in 11 countries with commercial operations in Africa and Latin America and corporate offices in Europe and the USA.

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EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella visits Kenya on the occasion of UNEA 2 and acknowledges Kenya’s efforts at Wildlife Protection

The European Union Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, who is visiting Kenya from 25th-27 May 2016 to participate in the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 2) today visited the Ivory Burning site at the Nairobi National Park, where he met Dr Richard Leakey, Chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

Commissioner Vella said the European Union supports efforts and initiatives aimed at protecting wildlife, echoing his statement from 30 April 2016 when Kenya burned its stockpile of Ivory “The on-going slaughter of elephants throughout Africa must end. In this regard, we welcome the leadership taken by Kenya and by President Uhuru Kenyatta with these initiatives in favour of wildlife conservation.”

During his 3-day visit, Commissioner Vella will hold bilateral talks with his Kenyan counterpart, Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu, of the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities.

The European Union recently launched an EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking, an ambitious blueprint that aims to reduce the trafficked wildlife that enters the EU. The plan aims at greater enforcement, better cooperation, and more effective prevention on Wildlife Trafficking. The EU aims to use all its diplomatic, trade and development cooperation tools to the full to keep the issue on the global agenda.

Europe has provided more than EUR 500 million for wildlife conservation in Africa over the past 30 years. The EU remains a committed partner to the conservation efforts and the sustainable use of biodiversity on the African continent.

The EU is Kenya’s largest source market for tourists who also frequent KWS parks

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President Michel sends message fo Africa Day

Seychelles is cognizant of its inherent place within the greater African Union family and joins the continent in once again reaffirming the unity, which has bound us since the days of our Organisation’s inception. On this auspicious day, together, we celebrate Africa Day.

Africa Day is one of remembrance of our founding fathers for having strived to create a continent which would take ownership of its own destiny and deliver an equitable future for all its peoples. It’s additionally the occasion to renew our commitment to uphold peace, rule of law and prosperity for all.

Seychelles feels very much a part of Africa. The same ocean which bathes the continent’s eastern coast, brought across not only many of our own people, but also our values and culture. These values are universal and under the banner of the African union we will strive to promote them to the benefit of our people.

As a Pan-African organisation, the African Union continues to support the political and economic integration of its 54 member states. We applaud the African Union Agenda 2063, for promoting good governance, justice, strong cultural identity, and a people driven continent, leading it to be a strong and united global player.

The theme for this year is ‘African Year of Human Rights’ with particular focus on the rights of women. We acknowledge that African women still endure significant challenges. While there has been advancement towards promoting gender parity and improving the representation and involvement of women in political leadership and public life at continental, sub-regional and national levels, significant gaps remain which we must address so that Africa can be genuinely representative and make full use of its entire population.

Our Governments must make a firm commitment to achieve gender parity on the continent through education. Seychelles remains committed in safeguarding womens rights by providing equality of education and career opportunities with equliaty in almost all sectors of the nation’s socio-economic development.

The African Union was born of struggle and an inherent desire for liberty. These ideals still ring true today. Together, we have accomplished great things yet challenges still remain on the African continent. With the same tenacity we will surmount the obstacles, which hinder our development and with one voice declare that the future truly belongs to Africa.

Happy Africa Day

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Progress Towards Dialogue Amongst Burundian Stakeholders

Press Statement

Mark C. Toner
Deputy Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

May 24, 2016

The United States is encouraged by the recent consultations held in Arusha, Tanzania, and the progress towards a comprehensive dialogue amongst stakeholders to peacefully resolve the crisis in Burundi. We commend former President Mkapa’s leadership in facilitating the consultations and appreciate his pledge to ensure greater inclusivity by meeting in the near future with representatives not in attendance at this round of consultations. We also welcome the sense of urgency demonstrated by the participants in setting imminent dates for next steps.

It is of utmost importance that all stakeholders be represented in the dialogue, including new and former opposition parties and civil society leaders. We fully support President Mkapa’s strong statements – consistent with the African Union and United Nations Resolutions – that the Arusha Agreement is not open for negotiation. An inclusive dialogue that protects this foundation of Burundi’s past decade of progress provides the best and only peaceful path to a sustainable solution to this crisis. To create the conditions that foster dialogue, all sides must cease any and all violence, and the Government must cease all acts of torture and political detentions. The United States stands ready to support this peace process, as well as to impose additional targeted sanctions against individuals responsible for human rights abuses.

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Progress Towards Dialogue Amongst Burundian Stakeholders

Press Statement

Mark C. Toner
Deputy Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

May 24, 2016

The United States is encouraged by the recent consultations held in Arusha, Tanzania, and the progress towards a comprehensive dialogue amongst stakeholders to peacefully resolve the crisis in Burundi. We commend former President Mkapa’s leadership in facilitating the consultations and appreciate his pledge to ensure greater inclusivity by meeting in the near future with representatives not in attendance at this round of consultations. We also welcome the sense of urgency demonstrated by the participants in setting imminent dates for next steps.

It is of utmost importance that all stakeholders be represented in the dialogue, including new and former opposition parties and civil society leaders. We fully support President Mkapa’s strong statements – consistent with the African Union and United Nations Resolutions – that the Arusha Agreement is not open for negotiation. An inclusive dialogue that protects this foundation of Burundi’s past decade of progress provides the best and only peaceful path to a sustainable solution to this crisis. To create the conditions that foster dialogue, all sides must cease any and all violence, and the Government must cease all acts of torture and political detentions. The United States stands ready to support this peace process, as well as to impose additional targeted sanctions against individuals responsible for human rights abuses.

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Human rights in Burundi: UN Independent Investigation completes on-the-ground deployment

The United Nations Independent Investigation in Burundi, which was set up to investigate human rights violations in the country since April 2015, has completed the deployment of a team of human rights monitors on the ground.

The UN Human Rights Council established the United Nations Independent Investigation on Burundi (UNIIB) in December 2015 to investigate violations and abuses of human rights in Burundi, make recommendations on the improvement of the human rights situation, and to engage in a dialogue with the authorities and other relevant actors in the ongoing crisis. UNIIB consists of three independent human rights experts with a supporting team of four experienced human rights officials.

“Following our first visit to Burundi in early March, the deployment of human rights monitors is a new and important step forward in our investigations, and will help us collect meaningful information on human rights violations and abuses which have been committed in Burundi since April 2015. The team will not only collect information in Burundi but will also visit neighbouring countries, including Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” said Christof Heyns, Chair of the Independent Investigation. The visits to neighbouring countries will allow the human rights investigators to meet with Burundian refugees and collect testimonies from those who have fled the violence.

“Now that the team is fully in place and operational, I hope that we will receive information and documentation* from many individuals, groups and organisations on the human rights violations and abuses which have been taking place in Burundi since the crisis started, a year ago,” said Mr. Heyns.

The three human rights experts will undertake a second visit to Burundi in June 2016 and present their final report to the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council, in September 2016.

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Africa agrees on common position to the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS

Ministers of Health meeting ahead of the World Health Assembly on Saturday deliberated and agreed on a Common African Position (CAP) to the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS that will be taking place in New York from 8 to 10 June 2016.

“The Common Africa Position is critical in the political declaration negotiations that are ongoing. It is imperative that Africa negotiates as one block, highly impacted by AIDS, and demand a political declaration that commits to bold strategies that aim to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030”, said Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, the Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union Commission.

Africa has made remarkable progress in the AIDS response

Through sustained leadership and political commitment at various levels Africa has made significant progress in responding to the AIDS as a public health threat. The world achieved the UN General Assembly Political Declaration target of having 15 million people on treatment by 2015, nine months ahead of schedule, with 10.7 million people on ART in Africa alone, up from fewer than 100,000 in 2002. As a result, AIDS-related deaths decreased by 48% between 2005 and 2014. New HIV infections in Africa declined by 39% between 2000 and 2014, and since 2009, there has been a 48% decline in new HIV infections among children in the 21 priority countries of the Global Plan Towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections in Children by 2015 and Keeping their Mothers Alive. TB-related deaths in people living with HIV have fallen by 36% since 2004.

Despite the unparralled progress, the AIDS epidemic is an unfinished business

At the end of 2014, there were 25.8 million people living with HIV in Africa South of the Sahara. Approximately 800,000 people died of AIDS-related causes in Africa south of the Sahara in 2014. TB remains the leading cause of death among people living with HIV. In 2014, there were an estimated 1.4 million new infections, approximately 70% of the global total of new infections. New infections have not declined fast enough in recent years, facilitated by the insufficient scale of prevention programmes and inadequate investments. While much progress has been made in financing the AIDS response, the resources required for the AIDS response by all African countries will need to increase to a projected US$12.2 billion by 2020, then gradually decrease to US$10.8 billion by 2030.

Common position to the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS

As the continent heavily impacted by AIDS, the Common Africa Position demands a political declaration that commits to bold strategies that aim to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. It seeks to commit to a Political Declaration that has global targets and strategies, as well as Africa-specific targets. The proposed targets for Africa are to reduce AIDS-related deaths to less than 375,000 per year by 2020, and less than 150,000 per year by 2030; reduce new HIV infections to less than 375,000 per year by 2020, and less than 150,000 per year by 2030 and end HIV-related discrimination by 2020.

The CAP provides concrete recommendations in eight broad areas that include Africa specific targets in the political declaration negotiations, treatment, stopping new HIV infections, human rights, gender and social protection, sustainable financing, strengthening health systems, access to affordable and quality assured medicines, commodities and technologies and leadership and accountability.

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Ministers adopt Africa’s key health policies

Ahead of the Wold Health Assembly African Ministers of Health met on Saturday and adopted key health policy instruments that will provide the strategic direction for the continent for the next fifteen years. These health policy instruments were finalised by Member State Health experts meeting in Addis Ababa in April this year for consideration by health ministers.

“I am confident that the Africa Health Strategy will provide the strategic direction that is needed to create better performing health sectors and address the major challenges impeding our efforts to reduce the continent’s disease burden” said Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, the Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union Commission.

The revised African Health Strategy provides the overarching superstructure to address Africa’s broad health and development agenda in the next 15 years. To strengthen health systems the strategy addresses issues related to health financing, governance and improved multi-sectoral partnerships. The framework also refocuses service delivery, community empowerment and seeks to expand social protection to address equity. The blueprint also prioritises human resources for health, commodity security, regulatory and support environment for provision of quality medicines and technologies, disease surveillance and disaster management.

“I commend the increasing role played by the African Union Commission in positioning health at a very high level on the continental agenda. These health policy instruments are important reference frameworks for addressing the unfinished agenda of the MDGs and for meeting the new SDG agenda” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organisation.

During the meeting the Ministers of Health also adopted the Maputo Plan of Action (2016-2030) and the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030. The revised Maputo Plan of Action provides a framework for the full implementation of the continental policy framework on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The action plan seeks to catalyse the expansion of contraceptive use, reduce levels of unsafe abortion, end child marriage, eradicate harmful traditional practices, eliminate all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls and ensure access to services by young people.

The Catalytic Framework provides a business model for investing for impact to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030. The framework focusses on three strategic investment areas, each with clear catalytic actions. These areas are health systems strengthening, generation and use of evidence for policy and programme interventions and advocacy and capacity building.

During the meeting the Ministers of Health adopted the concept document on the establishment of the African Health Volunteers Corps which will operate within the umbrella of the recently established Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Through this dedicated Corps the Africa CDC’s capability to assemble, equip, and mobilise a deployable roster of volunteer medical and public health professionals will be assured. This will ensure rapid and effective responses to public health emergencies to Member States and address matters of global concern including health impacts of natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

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Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Faiez Mustafa Serraj, President of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord of Libya

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Faiez Mustafa Serraj, President of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord of Libya.

The Secretary-General commended Mr. Serraj and the Presidency Council for their efforts to implement the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA). He encouraged him to continue working with all stakeholders to broaden the support base of the LPA. He stressed the importance of building on the support of the international community to rapidly set up governmental institutions.

The Secretary-General highlighted the plight of those affected by the conflict in Libya and expressed concern about the continued deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the country.

The Secretary-General reiterated the UN’s full support to the transition in Libya, and discussed in this regard the gradual return of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya to Tripoli to assist those efforts.

The Secretary-General urged Libya to fast track the ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change through appropriate legal means.

Istanbul, 24 May 2016

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UK Statement on Resumption of Inter-Burundi Dialogue

Following the conclusion of the first round of the Dialogue, UK Special Envoy to the African Great Lakes, Danae Dholakia, said:

I strongly welcome the resumption of the internationally mediated Burundi Dialogue in Arusha from 21-24 May facilitated by former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa. I congratulate President Mkapa for his clear and even-handed approach, which has provided a strong foundation on which to build. As the President noted in his closing comments, there were some key opposition and civil society representatives who were, for one reason or another, not able to attend. I commend his initiative to hold a further consultative event with opposition and civil society voices unable to come to Arusha, and his commitment to doing this in the next two weeks.

I fully agree with President Mkapa in urging all sides to participate fully in this process, in the spirit of negotiation and compromise. For the sake of the people of Burundi, swift progress is essential. I strongly welcome his desire to hold the next full dialogue session in the week commencing 16 June. No party should seek to block or slow down this momentum. In particular I strongly support President Mkapa’s call for everyone to give this dialogue a chance to succeed by ceasing all armed and political violence. I sincerely hope that all parties can reach an agreement which provides the basis for sustainable peace and security in Burundi, built on the strong foundations of the Arusha Agreement. The UK stands ready to support the attainment of that goal.

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