Tuesday, December 1, 2015

UN chief proposes peacekeepers as option for Burundi


Image from article, with caption: Burundian refugees walk to a camp in Tanzania on October 7, 2015.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday that deploying peacekeepers to Burundi was an option to quell the violence but recommended that a UN team be first sent to help bolster dialogue. ...
UK envoy to the United Nations Matthew Rycroft confirmed that a peacekeeping operation was being considered, but stressed that it was the “highest” of several options concerning “an enhanced UN presence” in the country.
“The situation on the ground continues to be disturbing,” Rycroft told reporters in New York. “There’s been little process on the political dialogue. In fact, [U.N. special advisor Jamal] Benomar told us that there isn’t any political dialogue. So we have to push the parties into that dialogue […] using either private or public diplomacy.” ...

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