UN Burundi Office To Close May 31
Umer Jamshaid 7 days ago Thu 08th April 2021 | 09:17 PM
The United Nations special envoy's office to Burundi will close on May 31, five months after the isolated regime requested it shuttered, the secretary-general announced Thursday
United Nations, United States, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Apr, 2021 ) :The United Nations special envoy's office to Burundi will close on May 31, five months after the isolated regime requested it shuttered, the secretary-general announced Thursday.
A highly political issue, the UN's presence has been a source of tension for years between the organization and Burundian authorities, which have contested the need for UN Security Council observation mission.
The office was established after the central African nation was plunged into political crisis in 2015, when then-president Pierre Nkurunziza ran for a disputed third term, sparking violence that claimed at least 1,200 lives.
Burundi notified the UN in November last year that its office would be closed by December 31, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday in his letter to the Security Council. But the two sides agreed that the UN needed more time and settled on May 31.
"There is important work ahead to advance national reconciliation, promotion of the rule of law and of an independent and effective judiciary," said the declaration.