Statement to the Press by Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, President of the Security Council on Burundi
Wednesday, 6 June 2001
Members of the Council reiterated their strong support for the Arusha Agreement as
the basis for the resolution of the conflict in Burundi and were united in the belief that
there is no military solution to the conflict. Armed groups should not pursue their
agenda through violent means.
Members of the Council endorsed the findings of the Security Council Mission to
Burundi, and repeated their call on the Forces for National Liberation (FNL) and
Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD) to enter into the Arusha Process and
refrain from any violent action.
Members of the Council called on all parties to immediately cease hostilities, respect
human rights and international humanitarian law.
Members of the Council encouraged the dialogue between the government and the
rebels and call upon the countries in the region to use their influence to bring the
armed groups into the peace process.
Members of the Council noted the progress made in at the third regular session of the
Implementation Monitoring Committee in Arusha from 28 May to 4 June in
advancing the peace process.
Members of the Council re-iterated their full support for Arusha Facilitator Nelson
Mandela and the Regional initiative.