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Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made with (a) a cease-fire and (b) the implementation of the Arusha Agreement in Burundi. [113638]

We welcome the peaceful transfer of presidential power in Burundi on 1 May, in accordance with the Arusha Agreement.We continue to work closely with EU and Security Council colleagues to support the South African facilitation, the regional initiative and the Government of Burundi in their efforts to secure a comprehensive ceasefire, to end continued violence by armed groups and to ensure that the next phase of the transition proceeds smoothly.