The Government of Rwanda is concerned over the deteriorating situation in Burundi. Increasing reports of unrest and violence targeting unarmed civilians are particularly worrying.
Rwanda commends the efforts of several regional and international organizations and leaders including the Chair of the African Union, the Chair of the East African Community, the United Nations and the European Union. The statements by the United States and the United Kingdom urging Burundi to return to peace are not without merit.
Rwanda urges the Government of Burundi to take immediate necessary steps to ensure the protection of its population, end the worsening humanitarian situation and restore peace.
Rwanda has been particularly affected by the situation in Burundi.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo said: “We take seriously the reports of links to FDLR, the hundreds refugees crossing into Rwanda daily and above all the imperative of protection of civilians. We appeal to leaders of Burundi to do everything in their power to bring the country back to a peaceful situation. We will continue to work with the region and the international community to support peace.”
“While we respect Burundi’s sovereignty in addressing internal matters, Rwanda considers the safety of innocent population as a regional and international responsibility,” the Minister added.