Item 713 - President Mandela meets with envoy of the President of Burundi

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ZA COM MR-S-713

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President Mandela meets with envoy of the President of Burundi

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  • 1999-03-03 (Creation)

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Transcription of speech made by Mr Mandela

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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Migrated from the Nelson Mandela Speeches Database (Sep-2018).

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South African Government Information website

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Meeting with the envoy of Burundi. Contact on release:
Parks Mankahlana

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  • English

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The President today met Mr Thrice Sinunguruza, the Minister of Justice of Burundi who has been appointed by President of Burundi, Major Pierre Buyoya, as his special envoy to meet with and brief President Mandela on current developments regarding the peace process in that country.

The President has taken note of those developments and has communicated his support for the efforts of Burundians to bring lasting peace to Burundi. The President is of the view that no conflict is above peaceful resolution through negotiations, and that a resolution of this particular conflict would send a powerful message to the troubled Great Lakes region, and indeed other parts of the world, that divisions which many view as intractable are indeed capable of resolution. While Burundi is itself destabilised by the turbulence of the region, the reverse is also true. A sustainable settlement in Burundi can give a lead to the other states in the region.

The President emphasised the need to promote peaceful processes in Africa. Conflict in any one part of Africa affects Africans everywhere. Amongst other reasons, this is so because the image of Africa as a site of cultural, commercial and social endeavour, for foreign investment or even for tourism is detrimentally affected by a perception of Africa as a continent imprisoned by conflict and famine. In particular the President acknowledged that the peace process in Burundi has been nurtured and supported by African initiatives, and reflects the commitment of African states to assume responsibility for fostering peace, prosperity and democracy on our continent.

South Africa supports the Burundi peace process facilitated by His Excellency Julius Nyerere, now taking place at Arusha. The President's legal adviser, Prof Haysom currently presides over the committee of Burundians seeking agreement on constitutional arrangements for Burundi. General Andrew Masondo of the SANDF is assisting the committee dealing with a cease-fire and related military matters. South Africa will continue to support this important process.

For information:, Mr. Parks Mankahlana, 082 553 4569

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Acquisition method: From website ; Source: South African Government Information website. Accessioned on 13/12/06 by Helen Joannides

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