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EU Invokes Cotonou Agreement to Drag Burundi Into Dialogue

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Tuesday, 08 December 2015

EU Invokes Cotonou Agreement to Drag Burundi Into Dialogue

The European Union has called Burundi for consultation over the growing human rights violations and the political crisis in the country under the Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement. Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement, a partnership agreement between the African Caribbean and Pacific states and the EU, provides for such consultations when issues of human rights and good governance arise in a signatory country to such an extent as may warrant the cessation of aid and development co-operation. However, it does not specify what action should be taken if no satisfactory resolution to the differences can be found, but refers to "appropriate measures," leaving options of more or less serious sanctions that can take different forms and be adapted to different situations. The Intra-Burundi Dialogue Commission (CNDI), created recently by President Pierre Nkurunziza in a bid to return the country to stability, is unable to run its programmes for lack of funds. The chair of CNDI Bishop Justin Nzoyisabaa said that the commission cannot even cater for fare for its members to meet other people involved in the peace process. The commission is part of local and international effort to bring peace to the country, which has been in turmoil ever since President Nkurunziza announced plans to seek a controversial third term, seen by a section of the country as contravening the Arusha Accord. The UN, AU and EAC have pushed for a Uganda President Yoweri Museveni-led dialogue that should be conducted in Kampala or Ethiopia, a group Bishop Nzoyisaba said the commission will work with.

Source: All Africa