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Rwanda Denies Allegations of Supporting Burundian Armed Rebel Groups in Eastern DRC

Burundi's President Evariste Ndayishimiye, left, and his wife Angeline Ndayubaha, right, attend his inauguration in Gitega, Burundi, Thursday, June 18, 2020. President Evariste Ndayishimiye took power two months early after the abrupt death of his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)

In response to recent comments made by H.E. Évariste Ndayishimiye, President of the Republic of Burundi, the Government of Rwanda has firmly rejected any claims of supporting Burundian armed rebel groups operating in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Rwanda asserts that it is not associated with any Burundian armed group and calls for a diplomatic resolution to address the concerns raised by Burundi.

The Government of Rwanda emphasizes that it has consistently demonstrated its commitment to mutual cooperation between the two neighboring countries. In the past, Rwanda has handed over Burundian combatants who illegally crossed into its territory through the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism, highlighting its dedication to maintaining peace and stability in the region.

The allegations made by President Ndayishimiye have been met with strong denial from Rwanda, which categorically states that it has no involvement or association with any Burundian armed groups. The government reaffirms its commitment to peaceful relations with Burundi and urges its neighbor to seek resolution through diplomatic channels.

Rwanda believes that engaging in constructive dialogue and diplomatic discussions is the most effective way to address any concerns or misunderstandings between the two nations. By resolving issues amicably and fostering cooperation, both countries can work towards building a stronger and more prosperous region.

It is important to note that Rwanda’s rejection of the allegations comes as part of its ongoing commitment to regional stability and cooperation. The government remains steadfast in its dedication to promoting peace, security, and development in the Great Lakes region.

The Government of Rwanda hopes that Burundi will choose to engage in diplomatic discussions to clarify any misunderstandings and work towards strengthening bilateral relations. Through peaceful dialogue, both countries can foster a climate of trust and cooperation, ultimately benefiting the people of both nations and the entire region.

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