“Consultation of the Security Council on Burundi"
Statementby Mr. Paulo Tarisse da Fontoura, Minister Plenipotentiary,
delegation would like to welcome His Excellency the Minister of Justice of
Burundi, Mr. Kiganahe and thank him for taking the time to come to New York to
express the views of his Government on the recommendations made in the Kalomoh
report. I also extend our appreciation for the briefing given by the Assistant
Secretary-General of Legal Affairs, Ralph Zacklin.
believes that there is a very broad consensus, including among Council members,
regarding the need to fight impunity in Burundi, particularly because the
Burundians themselves understand that the quest for truth and justice is an
essential part of their peace and reconciliation process. The consensus covers
also the timing for action. We
should move forward in the smooth and prompt way.
In this context, we expect the authorities in
Burundi, members of the current interim Government, and those who will be
elected in the near future, will cooperate fully with the international
community, and in particular with the Secretary-General and his Special
Representative. At the same time, we hope the Council and the international
community can act in a timely manner, providing the guidance and assistance
required by the Burundians, but also upholding their commitment regarding the
implementation of the recommendations of the Kalomoh report, including their
Without further due, I would sum up by encouraging the
Interim Government to keep its commitment to the transition process in Burundi
and to convey to all parties concerned that the end of impunity for crimes
committed in that country is a way to promote peace and development.
Thank you, Mr. President.