Burundi peace process advancing but UN support crucial to success, key negotiator says

The peace process in Burundi is showing encouraging signs of progress, but United Nations support will be essential to its ultimate success, a key negotiator told the Security Council today.

Annan welcomes ceasefire pact between Burundi government and rebels

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today welcomed a ceasefire agreement reached by the Transitional Government of Burundi and a rebel faction, known as the CNDD-FDD, calling the pact a positive development in the country's search for peace.

Donors must back efforts to resolve Burundi's 'complex and volatile' situation - Annan

External assistance will be crucial to helping Burundi meet its emergency and administrative needs during the country’s political transition, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message today to a donors’ conference in Geneva.

Burundi ceasefire must include all armed groups, political movements – Annan

Full implementation of the peace accord for Burundi will only be possible if a ceasefire agreement includes all the warring parties and political movements, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report released today.

Thousands flee Burundi into Tanzania, UN refugee agency reports

Thousands of refugees from eastern Burundi have fled into neighbouring Tanzania amid growing concerns about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Great Lakes region, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

Burundi: Security Council members urge rebels to resume ceasefire talks

Members of the Security Council today urged rebel groups in Burundi that have not signed the country's peace accord to lay down their arms and resume negotiations towards a ceasefire.

Refugee influx from Burundi into Tanzania growing, UN agency reports

The latest influx of some 900 refugees from Burundi into Tanzania brings to more than 3,000 the number of arrivals during the month of September, a nearly tenfold increase from August, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

UN relief agencies distribute food and seeds to half a million in Burundi

United Nations relief agencies have begun distributing food and other supplies to more than half a million Burundians to help prevent hungry people from eating seeds in order to feed themselves.

Worsening conflict prompts Burundians to seek haven in Tanzania, UN agency reports

Nearly 1,200 fearful Burundian refugees have fled their tiny central African nation for Tanzania since early September, sparking fears that the intensifying conflict between Burundian military and rebel forces could drive out larger numbers, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today.

Burundi: Security Council calls on rebels to take 'serious approach' to peace talks

Voicing grave concern about the continuation of hostilities in Burundi, members of the Security Council today called on rebels fighting in the country to return to the negotiating table and take a "serious approach" to the talks.