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Friday, 12 February 2016

EU cooperation with Burundi is not "completely suspended"

Cooperation between the European Union (EU) and Burundi "has not been completely suspended", contrary to what is being said in some quarters, said the EU representative to Burundi, Patrick Spirlet, last Monday following a meeting with the second Burundian Vice-President Joseph Butore. Both parties continue to work on certain key issues in humanitarian matters and are ready to discuss this with the government of Burundi, he said, following "a courtesy visit" to Vice-President Butore. He said he had benefitted from this meeting "to review our partnership and our relations" pointing out that the areas examined in the meeting included politics, socio-economics, human rights and Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement. The EU is one of the main financial supporters of Burundi, with a contribution of 432 million euros under the 11th European Development Fund (2014-2020). Relations between Burundi and the EU, based on the Cotonou Agreement, have been shaken by the serious political crisis in Burundi surrounding the presidential election of 2015.

Source: CRI online