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Cablegate: Special Envoys Burundi - Magaliesburg Declaration

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 PRETORIA 001339

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KDEM BY SF
SUBJECT: SPECIAL ENVOYS BURUNDI - MAGALIESBURG DECLARATION
ON THE BURUNDI PEACE PROCESS

REF: A. PRETORIA 428
B. PRETORIA 775
C. PRETORIA 779

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). After this session, the SAG distributed the
Magaliesburg Declaration on the Burundi Peace Process. Text
follows:

2. Begin text:

Magaliesburg Declaration on the Burundi Peace Process

10 June 2008

At the invitation of H.E. Minister Charles Nqakula, South
African Facilitator of the Burundi Peace process, the second
meeting of the Group of Special Envoys on Burundi (GSEB) was
convened in Magaliesburg, South Africa from 9 to 10 June
2008. Delegations of the Government of Burundi and the
PALIPEHUTU-FNL participated in the meeting. Chairman Agathon
Rwasa headed the PALIPEHUTU-FNL delegation. The delegation
of the Government of Burundi was headed by Major-General
Evariste Ndayishimiye.

The GSEB:

Congratulated the Government of Burundi and PALIPEHUTU-FNL on
the major steps forward in the peace process in the past
month and welcomed the political will shown by both sides to
achieve this progress;

Strongly commended both parties on the return to Burundi of
the PALIPEHUTU-FNL leadership and Chairman Agathon Rwasa on
16 and 30 May respectively; the resumption of the work of the
Joint Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JVMM) on 19 May;
the conclusion of the joint declaration on the cessation of
hostilities on 26 May; and the adoption on 2 June of the
Joint Operational Plan on the disarmament, demobilization,
and the reintegration of PALIPEHUTU-FNL combatants;

Welcomed the commitment of both parties to build confidence
and move the peace process forward.

Noted with satisfaction the common messages delivered by the
Government of Burundi and the PALIPEHUTU-FNL on the root
causes and consequences of the conflict as well as the key
socio-economic challenges facing Burundi;

Expressed sincere gratitude and appreciation for the recent
achievements and ongoing efforts of the Regional Initiative
for Peace in Burundi; the South African Facilitation; and the
Political Directorate in support of the peace process;

Particularly acknowledged the financial and military support
provided by the Government of South Africa as well as the
financial support by the Government of Switzerland, the
European Commission and the International Committee of the
Red Cross to PALIPEHUTU-FNL combatants at pre-assembly
process;

Expressed concern at the fragility of the overall situation
in Burundi and appealed to all political actors in Burundi to
refrain from any action that could jeopardize the progress
achieved in the peace process.

Underscored that the primary responsibility for the
successful and earliest conclusion of the peace process in
Burundi lie with the Government of Burundi and the
PALIPEHUTU-FNL;

I. Mutual commitments of the Government of Burundi and
PALIPEHUTU-FNL:
The Government of Burundi and PALIPEHUTU-FNL have mutually

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undertaken to:

Renounce violence and to resolve all their differences by
dialogue;

Fully respect the timeliness outlined in the Revised
Programme of Action to Take Further the Burundi Peace
Process, thus concluding all aspects of the peace process.
This includes the implementation of the 2006 Agreement of
Principles; the 2--6 Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement; and
the integration of PALIPEHUTU-FNL in the national
institutions. In this regard, they shall:

-- Spare no efforts to complete all the steps outlined in the
JVMM Programme of Action and the Joint Operational Plan,
including the demarcation and establishment of Assembly
Areas
-- Address simultaneously all the outstanding political
issues, including the political accommodation of the
PALIPEHUTU-FNL in national institutions as well as their
integration in the defence and security forces
-- Ensure that the resolution of these issues would not be
used in any way as a precondition for implementing the
JVMM Programme of Action and the Joint Operational Plan
-- Take specific initiatives in order to sensitize the
national institutions, Palipehutu-FNL members, and the
population on the ongoing peace process
-- Refrain from any inflammatory action or declaration
-- Endeavour to find as soon as possible a mutually
acceptable solution to the question of the registration
and the name of the Palipehutu-FNL as a political party
-- Abstain from all actions that might be perceived as
fresh recruitment drives, particularly among children.

II. Commitments of the Government of Burundi:
The Government of Burundi undertakes within the framework of
the Constitution of the Republic of Burundi to demonstrate
the necessary flexibility to address all issues that could
hamper the full implementation of agreements reached.

Once the combatants are assembled, the Government commits to
accommodate and integrate Palipehutu-FNL members in the
national institutions in accordance with agreements reached
between the parties.

III. Commitments of the PALIPEHUTU-FNL:
Engage in good faith in the immediate implementation of the
Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement.

IV. Commitments of members of the GSEB:
The GSEB undertakes to continue to accompany the efforts of
the Facilitation and to the Political Directorate in support
of the peace process.

In this context, the GSEB will continue to mobilise the
international community to provide financial support to the
Facilitation and the peace process.

As the PALIPEHUTU-FNL combatants proceed to the assembly
areas, the GSEB will intercede with the potential donors to
continue to provide humanitarian assistance until the start
of the DDR process.

The GSEB will pay special attention to the DDR process, in
particular regarding its reintegration aspects.

The GSEB will continue to promote efforts in the field of
security sector reform, including efforts to integrate the
Palipehutu-FNL in the National Defence and Security Forces.

The GSEB will support the transformation of the
PALIPEHUTU-FNL into a political party, including the
provision of training its cadres.

The GSEB will consider ways of providing financial support to
QThe GSEB will consider ways of providing financial support to
the Government of Burundi to assist it in addressing the
pressures caused by price increase in food commodities and
fuel and thus helping it create a more conducive environment

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for the peace process.

End text.
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