Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza (second left) and United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon address the media after talks at the president’s office on February 23. PHOTO | AFP
The week-long visit to eastern Africa and the Great Lakes region by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon produced a mixture of success and challenges.
In Burundi, Mr Ban persuaded President Pierre Nkurunziza into holding talks with the opposition to end the political and humanitarian crisis that started last April.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mr Ban encountered a charged atmosphere where the government is cracking down against opposition supporters who have been protesting delayed plans for the November elections and President Joseph Kabila’s plan to run for an unconstitutional term.
But Mr Ban had considerable success in South Sudan where he got President Salva Kiir to commit to a clear roadmap for the implementation of the peace agreement signed in August 2015.