Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Burundi on the 54th anniversary of your independence on July 1.
"This year’s celebrations come in the midst of a yearlong crisis that has shown the resilience of both the Burundian people and the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement. The United States continues to stand with all Burundians committed to peace and prosperity in their country and in the region. I call on all people of Burundi to reach a peaceful resolution to the ongoing crisis through a mediated dialogue.
"I wish all Burundians a peaceful and joyous celebration."