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EAC calls on partner states for peaceful resolution amidst border tensions

By IGIHE
On 13 January 2024 at 07:24

East African Community (EAC) Secretary General, Peter Mathuki, has called on EAC partner states to resolve disputes amicably, emphasizing the principles of good neighborliness and the shared destiny of the East African people.

In response to Burundi’s unilateral decision to close its borders with Rwanda on January 11, Mathuki through a statement issued by the EAC Secretariat on January 12, urged Partner States to uphold the EAC Treaty’s spirit, emphasizing peaceful co-existence.

The EAC, established to promote mutual benefit and the welfare of East African people, encourages harmonious cooperation among its Partner States.

Rwanda indicated that the recent border closure violates principles of regional cooperation and integration, restricting the free movement of people and goods between Rwanda and Burundi.

In the statement released on Friday, Mathuki underscored the EAC’s people-centered integration and advocated for the use of existing EAC Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in case of conflicts between Partner States.

He also stressed the importance of upholding the integrity and sovereignty of each state.

Additionally, Mathuki noted that the EAC Secretariat collaborates closely with South Sudan President Salva Kiir, the Chairperson of the Summit of the EAC Heads of State, to facilitate a peaceful resolution of emerging disputes among Partner States.

Both Rwanda and Burundi joined the eight-member EAC in 2007, while South Sudan joined in 2016 followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2022 and Somalia in 2023.


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