Security Council authorizes UN police component in Burundi

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More than a quarter of a million Burundians have fled to neighbouring countries. Nduta refugee camp is located in north-western Tanzania. File Photo: UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau

The international community has authorized the deployment of UN police officers to monitor the security situation in Burundi.

This follows the adoption of a UN Security Council resolution on Friday, with 11 of the 15 members voting in favour.

Burundi has been mired in crisis since April 2015, following President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to stand for a controversial third term.

Hundreds of people have been killed and upwards of 270,000 citizens have fled to neighbouring countries.

Dianne Penn reports.

The resolution authorizes the establishment of a 228-strong UN police component in Burundi for an initial period of one year.

The political impasse has also generated human rights violations and the officers will support observers monitoring the situation.

François Delattre is the Ambassador of France, which sponsored the resolution.

He spoke through an interpreter:

“Given an increase in violence and tension, the Security Council must have have eyes and ears on the ground to predict and ensure that the worst does not occur in Burundi. By helping to reassure the population, this police presence must help to bring down the amount of tension and thus help to ensure a peaceful dialogue can be held. It will also help to warn the Council if the situation further deteriorates."

The resolution urges the Burundian Government and stakeholders to cooperate fully with the UN police component.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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