UN office in Burundi says acquittal of former president will ease ‘political atmosphere’

Welcoming this week’s decision by the Supreme Court of Burundi to acquit and release the former president of the republic and four other senior officials accused of plotting a coup, the United Nations office in the country said the move would help in “easing the political atmosphere.”

Secretary-General Ban reaffirms UN support for Burundi as new office takes over

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of Burundi on the successful completion of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the country, as he pledged the world body’s continuing commitment to help the impoverished nation shake off the ravages of civil war and political instability.