Burundi needs UN presence during "crucial and sensitive" electoral period: US

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The Government of Burundi's partnership with the United Nations as well as the broader international community will be "increasingly important" in the lead up to national elections in 2015.

That's what Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis of the United States told the Security Council on Thursday.

Burundi needs to maintain the presence of the United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB) because of heightened tensions in the country, he warned.

"Last year's media law, the recent dismissal of the first-vice president and the constitutional amendments proposed threaten the delicate power-sharing arrangements that have enabled Burundi's progress since the Arusha accords were signed in 2000. The United States strongly supports BNUB's mandate and the work of the SRSG (Special Representative of the Secretary-General) as crucial to Burundi's continued progress in fully establishing democratic governance and ensuring stability."

Ambassador DeLaurentis advised the Burundi government not to "attempt to go it alone through this crucial and sensitive electoral period".

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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