The Special representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations Mrs. Carolyn Mc Askie, who is about to leave Burundi for good, paid a visit to some countries of Great Lakes on the 14th and 15th March 2006: Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. It was an opportunity to thank them for their contribution in peace process consolidation in Burundi.
Mrs. Mc Askie was received by the Rwanda Head of state, Paul Kagame on the 14th and by the president of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, on 15th
Mrs. Mac Askie and Jakaya Kikwete are satisfied of the step already made in Burundi peace process. They deeply discussed on the challenges that Burundi has to face for a successful economic and social development. They shared the view that international community should give more support to help Burundi to overcome these challenges.
An official statement issued by ONUB indicated that President Kikwete informed Mrs. Mc Askie that Palipehutu-Fnl armed movement has unconditionally accepted to go on the table of negotiation very soon.
In Kigali, president Paul Kagame and Mrs Mc Askie also talked of the role played by the area and UNO in the step made in Burundi peace process of Burundi. They also invited the international community to support the process of peace consolidation in Burundi in particular on development field.