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Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the situation in Burundi; what actions his Department is taking to support the peace process; and if he will make a statement. [130690]

The latest round of talks between the FDD (Nkurunziza) and the Government of Burundi in Dar es Salaam ended on 16 September without agreement. It is not clear how the regional initiative will now respond.The British Government is committed to supporting the Arusha process and the transitional Government institutions. We have given extensive support to South African Vice President Zuma and his facilitation team. We are also supporting the African Mission in Burundi, both financially and politically.