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Burundi peace process on track but economy needs help Annan says

In a new report to the Security Council on the situation in Burundi – which is trying to recover from a decade of civil strife that left between 250,000 and 300,000 people dead – the Secretary-General says the country’s transitional institutions are working well.But he warns that Burundians must experience an improvement in their living conditions or the budding peace process may be jeopardized. The country’s gross domestic product shrank by 20 per cent between 1990 and this year, farmland is scarce, and rates of HIV/AIDS infection and adult illiteracy are high.”There is a risk that the hopeful signs of peace which have now begun to appear could be lost unless they are accompanied by improvements in the living conditions of the population as a ‘peace dividend,'” he says.Burundi this year saw the peaceful transition of power when Pierre Buyoya stepped down as President on 1 May and was replaced by his Vice-President, Domitien Ndayizeye.More recently, the country’s Transitional Government and its biggest rebel group, le Conseil National pour la Défense de la Démocratie – Forces pour la Défense de la Démocratie (CNDD-FDD), signed a comprehensive ceasefire agreement.The Secretary-General says the security situation has “considerably improved” since 8 October, when the first Pretoria Protocol on political, defence and security power sharing between the Transitional Government and the CNDD-FDD was signed. “New alliances are being created and the people of Burundi are adjusting themselves to the new situation.”Mr. Annan reiterates his call for another armed rebel group, Parti pour la liberation du people Hutu – Forces nationals de liberation-Agathon Rwasa (PALIPEHUTU-FNL), to begin unconditional ceasefire talks immediately.Noting many challenges lay ahead, including the implementation of the ceasefire accords, he calls on the international community to help fund the African Mission in Burundi (AMIB), a peacekeeping force deployed by the African Union this year. read more

Wheres the beef Lebanon actually

first_imgTHE LEBANESE GOVERNMENT has sanctioned the resumption of Irish beef into the country.Lebanese authorities had banned the importation of live cattle and beef from Ireland following the BSE crisis in 2001.Prior to that, exports of Irish beef to Lebanon were worth approximately €5m a year.The ban on the importing of live cattle was lifted in May 2001, following high-level contacts between the Department of Agriculture and Lebanese authorities. However, the agreement did not extend to beef.That ban, along with a restriction on sheepmeat and cooked meats, has now been lifted, something that pleased agriculture minister Simon Coveney.“This market will provide another valuable outlet for Irish product and will further enhance Ireland`s reputation as a source of high quality sustainably produced food. It follows the recent re-opening of other markets notably Japan during my recent visit with the Taoiseach there. “These market openings are key to growing Irish exports as seen in last week’s Bord Bia figures for 2013 as well as helping achieve the targets set out in the Food Harvest 2020 Strategy.”Read: IMPACT: Food exports could be hit by industrial action at Department of AgricultureRead: Fed up with the full Irish? Check out these amazing uses for black puddinglast_img