Burundi’s President asks Security Council’s help to end violence, keep peace on track

The President of Burundi, Pierre Buyoya, today asked the Security Council for help to stop the fighting in his country and to keep the peace process on track, stressing that if diplomatic efforts failed to compel the rebels to give up violence, other means would have to be taken.

Security Council members call ceasefire in Burundi a ‘foremost priority’

Members of the Security Council today “strongly called” for a ceasefire in Burundi, encouraging the parties there to complete the process of setting up transitional institutions.

Security Council urges rebel groups in Burundi to cease hostilities

With the conclusion of a ceasefire the "number one" priority in Burundi, members of the Security Council today strongly condemned the "unjustifiable" attacks launched by rebels since the country's transitional government came into office on 1 November.

UN health agency mourns death of its representative in Burundi

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today reacted with shock and grief to the death of its representative in Burundi, a six-year agency veteran who only recently began his assignment in the country.

Burundi: UN presence should be reconfigured to support new activities, Annan says

With the recent establishment of a transitional government in Burundi the United Nations presence to support the country's peace process would need to be consolidated, refocused and strengthened, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report released today at UN Headquarters in New York.

Security Council commends Mandela's commitment to reconciliation in Burundi

The United Nations Security Council today commended former South African President Nelson Mandela for his "tenacity and unwavering commitment" towards political reconciliation in Burundi, but at the same time voiced concern about the recent violence in the country and reiterated its calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

Burundi: Security Council welcomes new government, condemns attacks on civilians

The Security Council today welcomed the 1 November inauguration of Burundi’s Transitional Government and called on all Burundians to support the broad-based and inclusive administration to make sure it succeeds in performing its duties in accordance with the agreements that led to its establishment.

Security Council members hail creation of Burundian transitional government

Members of the United Nations Security Council today welcomed the establishment of the Transitional Government yesterday in Burundi, and applauded Africans leaders for their contribution to a peaceful settlement.

New Burundian transitional government 'defining moment in history': Annan

Calling it a defining moment in the history of Burundi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the inauguration of the country's transitional government as an event that demonstrated the ability of Africans to seek and find solutions to the continent's problems.

Security Council backs temporary international security force in Burundi

In another step forward for the peace process in Burundi, the Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution backing the creation of a temporary international security force in the country.