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.