THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
The United States remains deeply concerned about the ongoing violence and killing in Burundi. Too many people have lost their lives because extremist forces have chosen to settle their differences through violence rather than dialogue.
We continue to call on all Burundians to reject extremism and to resolve their differences through peaceful means. A constructive dialogue involving all key political leaders is necessary to begin the process of ending the violence in Burundi and fostering national reconciliation.
The United States is watching events in Burundi closely and will continue to work with the international community to defuse tensions in Burundi and prevent further violence. As we approach the new year, the United States calls on the people of Burundi to renounce violence and demand peace from all parties.