News in Brief 28 August 2015 (PM)

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UN Secretary-General. Credit: UN File Photo/Amanda Voisard

Concern over Colombia-Venezuela border crisis 

The UN Secretary-General has expressed concern over reports of human rights violations at two border crossings between Colombia and Venezuela.

Ban Ki-moon said he was encouraged to learn that the two countries are committed to using dialogue to address their border challenges.

Colombia and Venezuela each recalled their ambassadors to the other country on Thursday, amid a diplomatic crisis sparked when Venezuela shut the two crossings and deported over 1,000 Colombians.

The UN chief pledged the UN's support for people in need of humanitarian aid.

Burundian leaders encouraged to resume dialogue with rivals

Burundian leaders have been encouraged by the UN chief to resume dialogue with their rivals and look beyond political differences.

On Friday, Burundi marked fifteen years since the initial signing of the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Tanzania.

In a statement, Ban Ki-moon said this process gave birth to the first generation of Burundians with no direct experience of war since independence.

But he added that never has the spirit of Arusha been as sorely tested as in the past five months, since civil unrest broke out in the Central African country after the President decided to run for a third term.

Fifty thousand Afghans return home from Pakistan

More than 50,000 Afghan refugees in Pakistan have returned home so far this year through a process run by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Known as the facilitated group return (FGR) initiative, it's the agency's longest running voluntary repatriation programme.

Nearly four million Afghan refugees have been voluntarily repatriated from Pakistan since 2002.

UNHCR has commended Pakistan for what it called its "continuous generosity" in supporting this population which currently stands at approximately 1.5 million.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

Duration: 1’53″

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