Belgium tells Burundi to stop dragging neighbours in its conflict
Belgian government has asked Pierre Nkurunzizaâ€™s government that is running the conflict ravaged Burundi to stop accusing its neighbours especially Rwanda for having a hand in the conflict.
The message deliveredÂ byÂ Didier Reynders, Belgianâ€™s foreign Affairs Minister and deputy Premier inÂ his visit to Rwanda curves new approach towards ending conflict that has alreadyÂ displaced thousands of Burundians and killed many.
â€œInstead of accusations, there should be negotiations to end violence and help refugees to go back home,â€ he said on Thursday during a press briefing shortly after a closed meeting with his Rwandan counterpart Louise Mushikiwabo.
Minister Reynders who arrived in Kigali on Wednesday from Tanzania says there is need for enhancement of negotiations while also allowing all parties including neighbours mentioned in the conflict to be involved.
This comes at the time relations between the troubled Burundi government and Rwanda continued to sour with the former accusing Rwanda of training and arming refugees to topple Bujumbura government.
The Minister is expected to hold talks with President Nkurunziza on Friday after holding talks with Tanzaniaâ€™s president John Pombe Magufuli and former president Benjamin Mkapa, who is chairing Burundi talks.
On the Rwanda and Belgian relations, Minister Reynders says echoed his governmentâ€™s commitment to encourage more Belgian investors to invest in Rwanda.
â€œDespite global challenges mainly in the economy, Belgium is committed to support RwandaÂ Â towards its development agenda,â€ he said.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo said Rwanda committed towards contributing peace in the region.
â€œWe are ready to make our contribution in peace building in the region whenever we will be asked to do so,â€ she said.
The visit in the region will also look at the recent political unrest in the Democratic republic of Congo, which has recently witnessed oppositionÂ crack down as President Joseph KabilaÂ prepares referendum to allow him runÂ for third term.