Burundi's ruling party says 5th round of inter-Burundi dialogue to be last held outside Burundi

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-21 04:37:44|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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BUJUMBURA, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- The fifth round of the inter-Burundi dialogue scheduled for Oct. 24-29 in Tanzania's Arusha will be the last held out of the country, Burundi's ruling party said on Saturday.

The main goal of the fifth round of the dialogue is to analyze the implementation of the consensual roadmap to Burundi's 2020 elections signed in August this year by most of political parties in the country, where they agreed to peacefully participate in the elections.

The roadmap also encourages people in exile to return to Burundi voluntarily.

All the other issues focused by the dialogue have found their responses in the new national constitution promulgated on June 7, 2018, and the 2018-2027 National Development Plan launched in August 2018, said Evariste Ndayishimiye, secretary general of the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), in a statement issued in the capital, Bujumbura.

Launched in December 2015, the inter-Burundi dialogue aimed at finding a solution to the political crisis in Burundi, is led by East African Community (EAC) under the mediatorship of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. The EAC also appointed former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa as facilitator of the dialogue to support Museveni.

The dialogue has made no concrete progress.

The Burundian government had said it wants the dialogue to take place inside Burundi and will not sit at the same table with what it called "non-peaceful" stakeholders.

Burundi plunged into a crisis in April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run his controversial third term bid, which he won in July 2015. His candidature, which was opposed by the opposition and civil society groups, resulted in a wave of protests, violence and even a failed coup in May 2015.