Burundi

Peacekeeping mission in Burundi extended until December 2006

Citing “factors of instability” that remain in Burundi despite democratization and ongoing negotiations with the last major rebel group outside the country’s peace process, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission there for six months until 31 December 2006.

Burundi: UN envoy ‘confident’ of final ceasefire despite rebels’ ‘second thoughts’

The top United Nations envoy in Burundi said today he remained confident that a final ceasefire would be signed between the Government and the last hold-out rebel faction despite reported rebel “second thoughts” in the small Central African country that has been torn by decades of ethnic and factional fighting.

Burundi: Annan hails agreement with holdout rebel group

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the signing of a preliminary agreement between the Government of Burundi and the last remaining major rebel group in the small Central African country, calling it “an important step towards ending the devastating thirteen-year conflict.”

Burundi: UN welcomes talks between Government and rebel hold-outs

The United Nations mission in Burundi has pledged its support for talks between the Government and the last remaining major rebel group aimed at ending all fighting in the small Central African country after years of ethnic conflict.