On 5th June 2018, the Bishop of Durham, Rt Revd Paul Butler, received a response to a written question about the UK Government’s representations to the government of Burundi:
The Lord Bishop of Durham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Burundi following the Constitutional Referendum there on 17 May.
Lord Ahmed of Wimbledon: Officials, including our non-resident Ambassador, hold regular consultations with the Burundi Government. In UN Security Council consultations, following the referendum, the UK expressed concern over the restrictions imposed on the Opposition’s movement and on the media in the period leading up to the referendum. The UK also expressed concern that the referendum was held in a climate of intimidation and repression, with a lack of public information on the proposed reforms. The UK called on Burundi to ensure that the spirit of the Arusha Accords is respected when any constitutional reform is implemented. The UK believes that the crisis in Burundi can only be resolved by continuing an inclusive dialogue that preserves the Accords. We are working with UN, EU and African Union partners to support an inclusive, negotiated solution.