The Council met in preparation for the 13th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Heads of States that was reconvened and scheduled for 31st May, 2015 after it had failed to take place two weeks ago -on 13th May, 2015 in Arusha, Tanzania.

Prior, to the attempted coup d’├ętat, there were two missions undertaken to the Country to assess the situation. The first was by a group of Eminent Persons from East Africa Community (EAC) and a Committee of Elders from the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA). Later, a Council of Ministers/Cabinet Secretaries from Foreign Affairs and the Secretary General to the East Africa Community undertook a follow up mission.

Immediately after the coup attempt, the Attorney Generals from EAC met to review the Constitution of the Republic of Burundi Constitution in order to provide legal counsel to the Council of Ministers and the Summit of the Heads of States. The Council of Ministers/Cabinet Secretaries have also undertaken a mission to the refugee camps hosting refugees from the Republic of Burundi in the United Republic of Tanzania and Rwanda to ascertain their condition.

It is expected that once the reports of all the missions undertaken and the Attorney Generals meeting are considered by the Council of Minister, their decisions thereafter will assist the Summit of the Heads of States to arrive at an amicable solution.

Photo 2: Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Bernard K. Membe from the United Republic of Tanzania Chairing the Council of Ministers session gives his opening remarks with the Secretary General of the EAC seated next to him.