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The decision of the Government of Burundi to ignore the latest proposal put forward by the international facilitation team composed of the African Union, the East African Community, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region and the United Nations to postpone the elections constitutes a serious problem.
Holding parliamentary elections on 29 June, without having put in place minimum requirements to ensure their credibility, transparency and inclusiveness, will only exacerbate the crisis in Burundi.
The European Union (EU) reaffirms its full support for facilitation. In line with the conclusions of the EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs, it has no choice but to definitively withdraw its election observation mission. The Government's decision also means that further measures may be taken against it under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement, as indicated in the conclusions of the Council of the European Union of 22 June 2015 on Burundi.
The situation poses a growing threat to the rights and safety of all Burundians. There is no other choice: all Burundians must continue to seek a consensual solution through dialogue, rejecting violence. The EU urges the Government of Burundi to adopt this approach. It will continue to work closely with its African partners and the United Nations to this end.