Security Council backs 'Forum of Partners' for Burundi

The Security Council today welcomed the decision by last week's Summit on Burundi to establish a forum of the country's partners and it urged Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative there to hold consultations with the new Government and its partners with a view to establishing the panel as soon as possible.

Burundi should be helped in emerging from ethnic strife, regional summit at UN says

Taking advantage of the World Summit at the United Nations, a regional summit of leaders of the countries neighbouring Burundi joined Secretary-General Kofi Annan and international donors in reviewing the country's progress in consolidating peace after years of ethnic strife and agreed, in principle, on a forum to provide economic and political assistance.

Burundian refugees return home from Rwanda, UN agency reports

A site in southern Rwanda which at its peak hosted 2,000 Burundians, who fled their country over the past year amid fears of election violence, has closed after its residents either returned home or were transferred to another camp, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Burundi’s president pledges to provide free primary schooling for all children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has applauded Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s pledge to provide free primary education for every child as the country emerges from years of civil war.