Se­cu­rity Coun­cil de­cries im­punity in Bu­rundi, killing of staff in So­ma­lia

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL - By Romoke W. Ah­mad

Mem­bers of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil have ex­pressed con­cern over the po­lit­i­cal ten­sions in Bu­rundi in the run up to the coun­try’s 2015 elec­tions.

The coun­cil in a state­ment signed by its Pres­i­dent and Nigeria’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN, Amb. Joy Owgu, also ex­pressed their con­cern for the re­ported acts of in­tim­i­da­tion, ha­rass­ment of mem­bers of op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal par­ties, me­dia and civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions, as well as vi­o­lence com­mit­ted by youth groups in Bu­rundi.

She re­stated the ur­gent need for the govern­ment of Bu­rundi to ad­dress im­punity, while re­spect­ing the right of due process, and for all the po­lit­i­cal par­ties to pub­licly con­demn all po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence and acts of in­cite­ment to ha­tred or vi­o­lence, in line with the con­sti­tu­tion of Bu­rundi and the Arusha Agree­ment.

Mem­bers of the coun­cil en­cour­aged fur­ther ef­forts by the govern­ment of Bu­rundi to en­sure a space for all po­lit­i­cal par­ties and to con­tinue to im­prove di­a­logue be­tween all rel­e­vant ac­tors, in­clud­ing civil so­ci­ety, with a view to­wards en­sur­ing a con­ducive, free and open en­vi­ron­ment in the run up to the 2015 elec­tions.

The mem­bers wel­comed Bu­rundi’s con­tri­bu­tion to United Na­tions and African Union peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions, es­pe­cially in So­ma­lia and Cen­tral African Repub­lic.

The mem­bers of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil com­mended the con­tin­ued con­tri­bu­tion of the United Na­tions Of­fice in Bu­rundi (BNUB) and the United Na­tions sys­tem to the coun­try’s peace, se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment, and promised their full sup­port to the Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Sec­re­tary­Gen­eral in Bu­rundi.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil con­demned the killings of two UN of­fi­cials in So­mali and con­doled with their fam­ily, UN and the gov­ern­ments of France, the United King­dom and North­ern Ire­land.

They lamented that in­di­vid­u­als work­ing to sup­port the people have been killed as they sought to help So­ma­lia progress to­wards peace and pros­per­ity.

They there­fore called on the So­mali au­thor­i­ties to bring the per­pe­tra­tors of the act to jus­tice, adding that their de­ter­mi­na­tion to sup­port the people of So­ma­lia would not be re­duced as a re­sult of this or any other act.

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