Search

 

Cablegate: Burundi Welcomes Swiss President

VZCZCXYZ0002
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHJB #0544 2111551
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 301551Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY BUJUMBURA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0459
INFO RUEHSW/AMEMBASSY BERN 0002
RHMFISS/CDR USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHDC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC

UNCLAS BUJUMBURA 000544

SIPDIS

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

DEPT FOR AF/C

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL SZ BY
SUBJECT: BURUNDI WELCOMES SWISS PRESIDENT


1.(U) The President of the Swiss Confederation, Madame
Micheline Calmy-Rey, visited Burundi July 17 to view her
country's contributions to the peace and reconciliation
process in Burundi, and to assess its progress. Burundi's
President Pierre Nkurunziza and representatives of the
Diplomatic Corps welcomed President Calmy-Rey at the airport
at the beginning of her twenty-four hour visit.

2. (SBU) In a conversation after Ms. Calmy-Rey's visit, the
Swiss Confederation Representative in Burundi, Marc George,
told PolOff that President Nkurunziza addressed the issue of
more direct Swiss investment in Burundi. Mr. George said
that President Calmy-Rey stressed that before such investment
could mature, Burundi must develop a stronger legal
infrastructure that would provide adequate protection for
such investment. He said that President Nkurunziza responded
favorably to President Calmy-Rey's point, and assured her
that Burundi was addressing this problem.

3. (U) Following her meeting with President Nkurunziza, Ms.
Calmy-Rey met local representatives for the High Commission
for Human Rights, Global Rights, and Search for Common
Ground. President Calmy-Rey discussed mechanisms for
advancing transitional justice in a post-conflict Burundi,
judicial reform, and land dispute resolution. Calmy-Rey
underlined the importance of what she called the trilogy of
truth, justice, and reconciliation as prerequisites for a
lasting peace, and again focused on the necessity of judicial
system reform in Burundi.

4. (U) Burundi was the Swiss president's next to last stop on
a nine-country tour of the region. She departed Burundi on
July 18 for Rwanda.
MOLLER

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


UN News: Monkeypox Outbreak Can Still Be Contained, Insists UN Health Agency
The monkeypox outbreak that has been reported in 16 countries and several regions of the world can still be contained and the overall risk of transmission is low, the UN health agency said on Tuesday...
More>>


UN: “COVID-19 Is Not Over”, Tedros Warns World Health Assembly
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told global health Ministers on Sunday that although reported COVID-19 cases and deaths have declined significantly, it is not time to lower the guard... More>>



UN: Bachelet Calls On Mexico To Step Up Efforts As Tragic Milestone Reached Of More Than 100,000 Disappearances

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday called on the Mexican authorities to step up efforts to ensure truth and justice for victims of disappearances, who now number more than 100,000, according to official data... More>>


Access Now: Elon Musk’s Twitter Buyout Must Not Come At The Expense Of Human Rights

Following today’s announcement that Elon Musk will acquire complete ownership of Twitter in a cash sale of around 44 billion USD, pending shareholder approval, Access Now urges Twitter’s Board, employees, and shareholders... More>>



UN: Biodiversity And Ecosystem Protection Highlighted On Mother Earth Day

Marking International Mother Earth Day, UN General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid urged on Friday, for collective action to safeguard biodiversity and protect ecosystems... More>>

Ukraine: Hundreds More Reach Safety After Fleeing Besieged Mariupol
In Ukraine, humanitarians said on Wednesday that hundreds of people have managed to reach safety after fleeing Mariupol, where there’s also been condemnation for the killing of Lithuanian filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravicius... More>>