Security Council outlines continued concern over situation in Burundi

The UN Security Council has expressed its continued concern over the political situation in Burundi.

The country has been plagued by two years of political impasse and violence stemming from President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office.

Hundreds of citizens have been killed while more than 400,000 have fled to neighbouring countries such as Uganda, and beyond.

Dianne Penn reports.

Last July, the Security Council adopted a resolution authorizing the deployment of UN police officers to monitor the situation in Burundi, which the authorities rejected.

Members remain "deeply concerned" over the government's lack of engagement on the issue, said a statement released by the President of the Council on Wednesday.

Although noting that the security situation has stayed "generally calm," members expressed alarm over the rising number of Burundian refugees and reports of torture, forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.

Ambassadors also strongly condemned public statements that incite violence or hatred of different groups, whether made inside or outside the country, including calls for the forced impregnation of women and girls.

Council members commended regional efforts aimed at helping Burundians to find a political solution to the crisis in their country.

They also urged the government to "reengage with international partners," especially the United Nations.

Source: United Nations