UN says the international community must continue support for strife-torn Burundi

The international community must stay engaged in Burundi where the “overall situation remains fragile,” helping to reduce crime and ensure reintegration of a swelling numbers of refugees returning to the country emerging from 12 years of civil war, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report released today.

Security Council sets up integrated UN office in Burundi to follow current operation

Emphasizing the need for the United Nations system and wider international community to maintain their support for strife-torn Burundi, the Security Council today voted to set up an integrated office in the country to follow on from the current mission that ends on 31 December.

Burundi: UN reports new flow of refugees returning from DR Congo

Growing numbers from among the thousands of Burundians who fled years of ethnic conflict in the small Central African country are returning home from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following last month’s signing of a peace agreement with the last active rebel group, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

United States likely to accept thousands of Burundian refugees – UN agency

In a major breakthrough for Burundians stuck in limbo in Tanzanian refugee camps for many years, the United States has agreed to interview 13,000 of them under a United Nations refugee agency resettlement programme, and the agency said today that it expects most of them to be accepted.

UN’s Peacebuilding Commission recommends Burundi for Fund support

The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, in its second country-specific meeting, has decided to recommend strife-torn Burundi for assistance from a recently set-up Fund that aims to help countries emerging from conflict to rebuild and avoid descending again into bloodshed.