Burundi "not enthusiastic" about language in a Security Council resolution

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Herménégilde Niyonzima

The representative of Burundi has said his country is "not enthusiastic” about the terminology used in a resolution on his country adopted by the Security Council on Wednesday.

In a unanimous vote, the Council extended the mandate of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) for one year to continue its efforts to help the country consolidate peace.

The resolution also calls on the government of Burundi "to foster inclusive elections in 2015 by continuing to improve dialogue between all national actors…"

Speaking after the adoption of the resolution, Ambassador Herménégilde Niyonzima of Burundi said that in his report to the Council, the Secretary-General notes improvement in all areas of national life in his country.

"The resolution on my country notes extrajudicial killings, politically motivated killings, the lack of public freedoms etc. and even mentions the ICC. My delegation is not enthusiastic in the use of a terminology that could cause some misunderstanding with regard to reality on the ground. We regret the lack of flexibility of a number of delegations to have this terminology in the resolution. It seems to us unfair given the efforts made by our country in efforts such as human rights and combating impunity." (35")

Ambassador Niyonzima recalled that in his report to the Security Council last month, the top UN envoy in Burundi said that the country "has continued to make further progress in consolidating peace and stability and today Burundi is a perfect place to be in and to live in."

And, the ambassador added, Burundi has made very significant progress in all areas, including in the democratic process.

Gerry Adams, United Nations Radio.

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