Security Council requests "options" to deploy UN police to Burundi

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Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, rocked by political violence in October 2015. Photo: Phil Moore/IRIN

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been asked to explore with the Burundi government and regional actors "options" for a police deployment to the troubled nation.

A French-led resolution was unanimously adopted by the Security Council because of concern over the persisting violence in the country as well last the continuing political impasse.

A crisis erupted last April after Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

More than 400 people in Burundi have been killed since April 2015 and over 250,000 have fled  the country, the UN estimates, while thousands have been arrested and possibly subjected to human rights violations.

The Security Council, which has the primary responsibility to maintain international peace and security, has requested the UN Chief to present within 15 days "options" for deploying a UN police component to Burundi.

This would be done in consultation with the Government and in coordination with the African Union (AU).

The presence of UN police aims to help "monitor the security situation, advance the rule of law and promote respect for human rights" in the country.

The Council is urging the Government and all parties to the conflict to reject any kind of violence and refrain from any action that would threaten peace and stability in the country.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations

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