From left to right, Mr. Zinsou, National Assembly Speaker, Senate President and AIPP-Burundi Chair, in front of other members of AIPP-Burundi office

BUJUMBURA June 27th (ABP) – The Burundian Parliament, in collaboration with the Federation for Universal Peace (FPU), officially launched on Monday June 26, 2018, in Bujumbura, the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace ( AIPP), Burundi section.

The office of AIPP-Burundi is composed of Anicet Niyongabo, current first Deputy President of the Senate who is the AIPP Chairman, and Jacqueline Baranyizigiye, Jean Bosco Muhungu, Odette Habonimana, Gérard Ngabonziza and Immaculée Ndabaneze, who are deputy-chairs. The General Rapporteur and Deputy Rapporteur General are successively Mr. Constantin Niyonzima and Ms. Gloriose Hakizimana. The treasury goes to the honorable Saouda Mboneko and Goreth Bigirimana. Among the advisers are Mr. Emmanuel Nkunzimana, Anglebert Ngendabanka and Apollinaire Sindayikengera.In his speech, the President of the Senate of Burundi, Mr. Révérien Ndikuriyo, said the event is the outcome of a considerable collective effort undertaken as of 15th February 2015 in Seoul, South Korea, where 150 MPs from 40 countries have come together to propose the launch of AIPP, which aims to promote dialogue and cooperation among world parliamentarians for peace and human development.

After the presentation of this committee, the Senate President said that he is confident, however, that the AIPP-Burundi, whose members of his office were sworn in, will play his primary role of promoting peace and development of peoples and humanity.

In his speech, the chairman of AIPP-Burundi said that this event has a double meaning. It reveals, on the one hand, the implementation by the Parliament of the Republic of Burundi of one of the resolutions resulting from the AIPP meeting, 2017 edition of the FPU World Summit which took place from 2nd to 5th February in Seoul. It is, on the other hand, the concrete manifestation of the Government of Burundi and its people, through the Parliament they have mandated, who want to be at the forefront of the fight for peace and human development in Africa and in the world.

According to Mr. Niyongabo, by joining the International Network of Parliamentarians for Peace, Burundi wants to contribute to finding solutions to the many challenges that pose serious threats to peace. AIPP-Burundi will support, in a very strong way, all the actions to face the challenges of the cullent time, with particular attention to the consolidation of peace, the reconciliation and the development of peoples, he tressed.

National Assembly Speaker Pascal Nyabenda expressed on his part his deep thanks to the President of the Burundian Senate for his contacts and the trips made to the FPU, which allowed this event to take place and be successful. He also took the opportunity to congratulate the chairman of AIPP-Burundi for the well-deserved confidence by promising him full availability to accompany him in this noble mission.

AIPP Secretary General and Regional Dr. Paterne Zinsou recalled that 150 MPs from more than 40 countries gathered on February 15, 2015 at the National Assembly of South Korea in Seoul, in order to propose the launch of the AIPP. This initiative, he said, peaked during the February 2017 AIPP World Assembly in Seoul and the AIPP African Assembly on January 19, 2018 in Dakar, Senegal. “It is time for humanity to embrace universally shared values ​​by going beyond differences of ideology, race, nationality and religion, with a focus on cooperation and mutual prosperity,” he said, clarifying that in this way, it will be possible to build a world of sustainable peace and human development that will be passed down from generation to generation.

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