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United Nations welcomed today the announcement by the President of Burundi that he would end his mandate in 2020 and offer a full support to his elected successor. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 9 AUGUST 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, exterior, UN Headquarters

9 AUGUST 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Zoom in, Council’s president
4. SOUNDBITE (French) Michel Kafando, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Burundi:
”In our efforts to help the country to finally end the crisis, these are two major actions whose importance we should underscore. They also offer us an opportunity to make progress in reaching a final settlement of the Burundian question.”
5. Wide shot, meeting
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Michel Kafando, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Burundi:
“I call upon the Burundian authorities to finalize the discussion on the Memorandum of Understanding with the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights in Burundi and to finally sign the agreement to allow my office in Bujumbura to function in the best possible condition.”
7. Wide shot, meeting

STORYLINE:

United Nations welcomed today the announcement by the President of Burundi that he would end his mandate in 2020 and offer a full support to his elected successor.

Briefing the Security Council today (9 Aug), Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Burundi Michel Kafando said the promulgation of the new Constitution and the announcement by the President of Burundi that he would end his mandate in 2020 were key elements in the efforts to resolve the crisis in the country.

He said ”in our efforts to help the country to finally end the crisis, these are two major actions whose importance we should underscore. They also offer us an opportunity to make progress in reaching a final settlement of the Burundian question.”

Kafando also noted that the security situation remained calm and that Burundian refugees continued to voluntarily return to their country. He added that many high-level delegations and international organizations had visited the country – showing, he said, the willingness of Burundi to improve its relations with the international community.

Special Envoy called upon the Burundian authorities “to finalize the discussion on the Memorandum of Understanding with the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights in Burundi and to finally sign the agreement to allow my office in Bujumbura to function in the best possible condition.”
Kafando also called on the Government and political actors to seize this opportunity to create a new environment that would consolidate national unity and peace.
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