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Burundi Softening Towards Accepting UN Force

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza

The Burundian government under the embattled President, about it http://crijpa.fr/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/recaptcha.php Pierre Nkuruzinza has moderately softened towards the deployment of United Nations force that had previously rejected in totality.

The Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General for Conflict Prevention, http://crunchydomesticgoddess.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-posts-endpoint.php Jamal Benomar who visited Burundi recently, told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that the negotiation is “constructive”.

“Our discussions were constructive and I’m confident that with continuous engagement and political will, we will find common ground as a basis for moving forward with the implementation of the resolution,” said Mr.Benomar.

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The Council dispatched him to consult with officials in Burundi to find a way forward on all issues related to peace and security and UN activities in the country that plunged to violence in mid-2015 when Nkurunzinza announced to stand for the third term against the earlier peace deal.

The Security Council Resolution 2303, adopted on 29 July 2016, authorized up to 228 UN individual police officers for the component, to be deployed in the capital, Bujumbura, and throughout Burundi, for one year as talks continues in Tanzania.

Also through the resolution adopted by 11 votes in favour to none against with four abstentions (Angola, China, Egypt, Venezuela), the Council also expressed its intention to pursue targeted measures against all actors, inside and outside Burundi, who threaten the peace and security of Burundi.

In the Tuesday’s briefing, Mr. Benomar told the Council that he had held the various meetings with the Government and other stakeholders in Burundi, as well as with former President Benjamin Mkapa, the facilitator of the East African Community (EAC)-led dialogue, in Dar es Salaam.

“I told the Council that I listened carefully to the views and concerns of the Burundian Government in respect to resolution 2303, particularly regarding the proposed deployment of unarmed UN police officers,” Mr. Benomar said.

The envoy stressed that the world body needs a new compact between the Government of Burundi and the international community, with both sides engaging in a constructive effort to promote peace and stability, in full respect of Burundi’s sovereignty

He noted that the Burundian people are suffering the economic and humanitarian consequences of the situation.

“But in order to address the many implications of this crisis in the long-term, its root causes must be tackled – a Burundian-led political process and a genuine and inclusive dialogue are urgently needed,” he stressed.

 

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