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Cablegate: Revised Programme of Action to Further the Burundi

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 PRETORIA 001283

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DEPT FOR AF/C, AF/S

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KDEM BY SF
SUBJECT: REVISED PROGRAMME OF ACTION TO FURTHER THE BURUNDI
PEACE PROCESS

REF: A. PRETORIA 428
B. PRETORIA 775
C. PRETORIA 799

This cable is Sensitive but Unclassified. Not for Internet
distribution.

1. The SAG hosted a meeting of special envoys and diplomatic
representatives in South Africa from June 9-10, 2008
(SEPTEL). Prior to this session, The SAG distributed a
revised program of action to further the Burundi peace
process. Text follows:

2. Begin text:

Revised programme of action to further the Burundi peace
process

4 June 2008

Following the recent positive developments in the Burundi
peace process, in particular the return of the Palipehutu-FNL
leader, Mr. Agathon Rwasa, on 30 May 2008 and in order to
capitalize on this momentum, there is a need to revisit the
Facilitator's programme of action.

Timelines:

First Phase:

January 2008:

- Talks resume in Dar-es-Salaam between the leadership of the
Palipehutu-FNL and the Facilitation.

February/March 2008:

Political Directorate and Palipehutu-FNL leadership discussed
in Dar-es-Salaam on the following matters:
-- Concerns of the Palipehutu-FNL regarding the
process;
-- Programme of Action and immediate priorities;
-- Preparation for the return to the JVMM, including
security arrangements.

May 2008:

- Resumption of Palipehutu-FNL participation in the JVMM;

- Establishment of remaining Joint Liaison Teams;

- All Liaison Teams formulate their programmes;

- The Palipehutu-FNL leadership return to Burundi to be part
of the Peace Process;

June 2008:

- Liaison Team on the Release of War and Political Prisoners
starts its work;

- Under the auspices of the United Nations and the African
Union, a team of technical advisors in Burundi develop a
strategy and practical modalities for facilitating
socio-economic reintegration at the community level for the
Palipehutu-FNL and other demobilized combatants, for
presentation to the GSEB;

- Discussion start, under the auspices of the Political
Directorate, to produce a political framework for the
inclusion of the Palipehutu-FNL into the national
institutions, as well as the modalities for the
transformation of Palipehutu-FNL into a registered political
party;

- Discussions begin on the implementation of the Agreement of
Principles adopted on July 18, 2006 in Dar-es-Salaam;


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- Release of War and Political Prisoners;

- Movement of Palipehutu-FNL combatants to Assembly Areas and
Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration process
commences;

- Meeting of the Group of Special Envoys for Burundi to
review progress in the implementation of the peace process.

July 2008:

- The Palipehutu-FNL transforms into a political party. Its
members fully participate in the political, social and
economic life of Burundi;

- The implementation of the Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement
is completed in all aspects;

- Agreements reached within the context of the political
framework to include the Palipehutu-FNL in the institutions
of power in Burundi are implemented.

Second Phase:

August-December 2008:

- Political Directorate monitors the reintegration of the
Palipehutu-FNL to ensure that it happens within the full
scope of the agreements reached between the Government and
the Palipehutu-FNL;

- The Political Directorate monitors and reports on the
implementation of the socio-economic reintegration of the
Palipehutu-FNL and other demobilized combatants.

End text.
BOST

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