Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the return to Burundi of the leader of the Palipehutu-FNL, the rebel group involved in deadly fighting with Government forces in recent weeks, and called on both sides to finally end their conflict.
The Security Council today expressed concern at the recent confrontation between rebels and Government forces in Burundi and called for both parties in the small African country to end their hostilities and fully implement the 2006 comprehensive ceasefire agreement.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed today’s arrival in Burundi’s capital of a delegation from the Palipehutu-FNL, the rebel group involved in deadly fighting with Government forces in recent weeks, for a resumption of peace talks.
A delegation from the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) – established to help countries recovering from war avoid sliding back into conflict – began a six-day mission to Burundi to assess how to help the small Central African nation rebuild.
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict today expressed concern over the some 500 children associated with the ranks of a Burundian rebel group, calling for their release.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced grave concern at the deadly fighting between Government forces in Burundi and the Palipehutu-FNL rebel group over the past two days in and around Bujumbura, the capital of the struggling African country.
The United Nations Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB) has strongly condemned recent acts of violence against its staff by local ex-employees of the predecessor UN mission in the poor African country who say they still have contractual claims with the operation.
The number of Burundians that have returned to their homeland from neighbouring Tanzania with the help of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reached the 300,000 mark last month, the agency reported today.