Burundi at "crossroads" as UN closes political mission

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Jeffrey Feltman hands over the UN flag to Minister Laurent Kavakure. UNDP@PHOTO

Burundi has been described as a country at a crossroads by the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs.

Jeffrey Feltman spoke at a ceremony in the capital, Bujumbura, to mark the closing of the UN political mission in the central African country.

The UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) opened in 2011 to help the government as the country emerged from a 13-year civil war.

Mr Feltman said the United Nations will send a mission to observe elections scheduled to be held next year in Burundi.

"The electoral mission that we have talked about will accompany the electoral process from the start of January next year. We believe strongly that Burundi is at a crossroads where the people of Burundi, particularly the politicians need to pull together to address the next stage of Burundi's development. Certainly there is an important responsibility on the part of the government to create an enabling environment for credible and inclusive elections." (26")

Mr. Feltman said it's important that all politicians address their concerns through peaceful means.

He stressed that the United Nations remains committed to working with the people of Burundi.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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