UN mission in Burundi starts disarming former fighters

Over 200 former fighters in Burundi turned in their weapons at a United Nations-run centre in the Central African country, which today officially began the disarmament process considered crucial to countering instability caused by decades of ethnic war there.

Security Council extends UN mission in Burundi six more months

With the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Burundi set to expire today, the Security Council renewed the operation until 1 June 2005 and took the occasion to reiterate its strong condemnation of the massacre this summer of 150 Congolese at a refugee camp inside the country.