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The African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smaїl Chergui, told the Security Council that there is a need for calm in the political climate in Burundi as preparations begin for the 2020 elections, in order to “guarantee the level of inclusivity necessary to carry them out successfully.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 14 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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14 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Smaїl Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security, African Union (AU):
“Burundians need to take steps in order calm the waters so that the political climate – as we move towards the 2020 elections – is not made even more fragile, and that we can guarantee the level of inclusivity necessary to carry them out successfully.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jürg Lauber, Chair of the Burundi Configuration of the Peacebuliding Commission:
“Free, fair, inclusive and peaceful elections in 2020, the results of which enjoy high legitimacy both inside the country and internationally, are crucial to ensure favorable conditions for lasting peace and stability as well as for continued partnership and cooperation around Burundi's development priorities.”
6. Wide shot, Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant- Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support:
“The human rights situation remains worrying in view of many violations of fundamental civic and political freedoms as reported by political actors, some media and civil society organizations. Increases in unemployment and the rise in prices of basic commodities and services have negatively affected the economic and socio-cultural rights.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Albert Shingiro, Permanent Representative of Burundi to the United Nations:
“As far as the dialogue between political parties is concerned with a view to the holding of the 2020 elections in Burundi, events are proceeding normally in a spirit openness and political tolerance. My delegation reminds us that it is this almost permanent and effective dialogue that has led to the adoption of Kayanza's roadmap for peaceful elections in 2020, the establishment of the CENI, and the adoption of the electoral code by parliament, as well as the return to several political leaders who had fled the country in 2015.”
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The African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smaїl Chergui, today (14 Jun) told the Security Council that there is a need for calm in the political climate in Burundi as preparations begin for the 2020 elections, in order to “guarantee the level of inclusivity necessary to carry them out successfully.”

Chergui briefed the Council via teleconference from the AU’s headquarters in Addis Ababa.

Swiss Ambassador Jürg Lauber, who is the Chair of the Burundi Configuration of the Peacebuliding Commission, told the Council that “free, fair, inclusive and peaceful elections in 2020, the results of which enjoy high legitimacy both inside the country and internationally, are crucial to ensure favorable conditions for lasting peace and stability as well as for continued partnership and cooperation around Burundi's development priorities.”

For his part, Assistant- Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, said, “the human rights situation remains worrying in view of many violations of fundamental civic and political freedoms as reported by political actors, some media and civil society organizations.”

He noted that “increases in unemployment and the rise in prices of basic commodities and services have negatively affected the economic and socio-cultural rights.”

Burundi’s Ambassador, Albert Shingiro, told the Council that “events are proceeding normally in a spirit openness and political tolerance” with a view to the holding of the 2020 elections.

He said, “this almost permanent and effective dialogue that has led to the adoption of Kayanza's roadmap for peaceful elections in 2020, the establishment of the CENI, and the adoption of the electoral code by parliament, as well as the return to several political leaders who had fled the country in 2015.”

The Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) has been supporting regional efforts to help resolve Burundi’s political crisis since civil unrest erupted in April 2015 in Bujumbura in connection with the candidacy of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

The violence that followed an attempted coup d’etat in May 2015 saw hundreds killed, thousands internally displaced, and some 420,000 flee to neighboring countries. Since then, Burundi has been trying to find a peaceful solution to the political crisis through the Inter-Burundian Dialogue, which is led by the region and supported by the United Nations, while the country is also preparing for the 2020 elections.
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