The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Gentiloni, received the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Burundi, Alain Aimé Nyamitwe, at the Farnesina this morning, 20 November 2015.
Gentiloni told his opposite number of his keen concern over the situation in in Burundi as regards human rights and the fundamental freedoms. He underscored Italy’s support for the mediation being conducte by the Ugandan President, Museveni, and for an inclusive inter-Burundian dialogue in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2248, adopted on 12 November, and the Conclusions of the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council of 16 November. Minister Gentiloni told his guest that he hopes to see a prompt and positive response from Burundi to the European Union’s request to open consultation son human rights on the basis of Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement.
Minister gentiloni also conveyed to Minister Nyamitwe the Italian Government’s keen hopes to see the Burundian authorities make every effort to shed light on the assassination of Olga Raschietti, Lucia Pulici e Bernadetta Boggian, the three Italian nuns murdered in September 2014 at Kamenge, on the outskirts of Bujumbura. Minister Nyamitwe undertook, in the name of the Burundian Government, to do everything possible to ensure that the events are clarified as soon as possible.