EAC Urges Restraint Amidst Heightened Rwanda-Burundi Tensions

The East African Community (EAC) has released a statement urging Partner States to “restrain” themselves and solve any disputes through “the existing EAC Dispute Resolution Mechanism” in a peaceful manner. The statement, though it did not name any specific nations, comes one day after Burundi closed it’s border with Rwanda, suspended relations with them, and also made efforts to deport Rwandan nationals within the nation.

Both Rwanda and Burundi belong to the EAC.

The border was closed by Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye a few weeks after he accused Rwanda of supporting RED-Tabara, a rebel group responsible for an attack in late December which killed 20 civilians.

Both Rwanda and RED-Tabara have denied Rwandan support for the group.