Burundi can avert political violence ahead of 2015 elections: UN envoy

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Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Burundi needs political will from its leaders to avoid a reversal of what has been described as its "commendable" gains in creating stability ahead of general elections next year.

That's what the Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB), Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Mr. Onanga-Anyanga said that BNUB has progressed with its mandate , including promoting and facilitating dialogue, strengthening judicial and parliamentary institutions and promoting the protection of human rights.

"There are reasons to believe that with the right amount of political will from all actors and the implementation of courageous and just measures, Burundi can stay the course and avoid the reversal of its commendable gains. I am optimistic that the upcoming workshop being jointly organized by the government of Burundi and BNUB due to take place on 20 May in implementation of the March 2013 roadmap will help to further advance dialogue and improve the political environment ahead of the 2015 elections, including averting political violence." (35")

The top UN envoy in Burundi said that BNUB has begun the process of transitioning to a UN Country Team in order to focus on development activities as requested by the Security Council.

He told the Council that the plan he had submitted contained details on the transition, including the transfer of tasks to relevant stakeholders following BNUB's withdrawal at the end of the year.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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