Security Council resolution condemns violence in Burundi

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The Security Council has condemned the increasing violence taking place in Burundi and threatened "additional measures" against those fuelling the crisis in the East African nation.

At least 240 people have died and thousands have been displaced after several months of protest and conflict in Burundi.

The crisis began in April, after the sitting president declared he would seek a third term in office, despite a constitutional term limit.

Veronica Reeves has more.

The Security Council has condemned the increasing killings, torture and other human rights violations taking place in the Burundi, while calling on all sides to stop fuelling the violence that has plagued the country.

In a resolution on Thursday, the Council threatened "additional measures" against any party that continues to perpetrate violence and impede the search for a peaceful solution to the crisis.

The 15-member body called on the Burundian government to respect and guarantee human rights and fundamental freedoms and said the government should fully cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The UN earlier this week warned of possible genocide in the country if the violence is not kept in check.

Meantime, the Council welcomed mediation efforts being led by the President of Uganda; and stressed the need for a genuine, inclusive dialogue to bring the bloodshed to an end.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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