UN Office in Burundi officially closing on last day of 2014

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Flag lowering ceremony in Burundi. UNDP/Aude Rossignil

A UN mission in Burundi which was set up to promote dialogue, fight impunity and protect human rights is officially closing on Wednesday.

The UN Office in Burundi, BNUB, was established in January 2011, following a Security Council resolution which called for strengthening the independence and capacities of key national institutions.

Burundi continues to recover from decades of factional and ethnic fighting between Hutus and Tutsis which caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.

BNUB recently reported that the country's next big challenge will be to hold peaceful elections in 2015.

A United Nations Electoral Observation Mission will be established to support Burundi through the process.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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