UN Seeks Consensus on Police Deployment to Burundi

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The decision followed the rejection, by the Burundian government, of a Council resolution on establishing a police officers component there. The resolution authorized up to 228 UN individual police officers for the component, to be deployed in the capital, Bujumbura, and throughout Burundi, for one year.

A senior United Nations envoy has been tasked by the Security Council to travel to Burundi  and consult with officials on all issues related to peace and security and UN activities in the country.

The decision followed the rejection, by the Burundian government, of a Council resolution on establishing a police officers' component there. The resolution authorized up to 228 UN individual police officers for the component, to be deployed in the capital, Bujumbura, and throughout Burundi, for one year.

Burundi's decision was also followed by the suspension of cooperation and collaboration with the local UN human rights office, which has been there for more than two decades.

Early this week, three human rights investigators mandated by the UN human rights council, were barred from entering the country and lawmakers voted to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In a statement to the media, Jamal Benomar, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Conflict Prevention said he will endeavor to consult constructively with the Government in order to work towards a consensual way forward.

"Burundi's future rests in Burundi's hands. I am confident that with political will and leadership, the Burundians can find a way out of this crisis through dialogue and compromise," he said.
 
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Burundi was thrown into crisis more than a year ago when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term in office. To date, it has been reported that more than 400 people have been killed and more than 250,000 fled to neighboring countries.

Concern over rising violence and a persisting political impasse in Burundi prompted members of the Security Council to adopt a resolution in July.