Burundi calls on UN to remove it from Security Council’s agenda

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Burundi has called upon the UN to remove the country political and security situation form the Security Council’s agenda.

Speaking to the General Assembly on Saturday, Burundi’s Foreign Minister Ezekiel Nibigira said the UN should “have the courage to remove Burundi from its agenda”, insisting the situation in his country poses no threat to international peace and security.

Burundi wants to be removed from UN Security Council agenda

“The place that Burundi deserves today is not in the oval hall of the Security Council,” Ezekiel Nibigira told the General Assembly on Saturday. “It should be at the level of the United Nations agencies in charge of development to boost its economic recovery.”

The foreign minister reminded those present at the session that Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has vowed to step down at the end of his second term and support the country’s new president, following a constitutional referendum that could have paved the way for Nkurunziza to extend his stay in power.

“His second term of office will end in 2020 and he is ready to support the new President,” Nibigira said.

The minister also insisted that the security situation in Burundi is stable, following years of unrest that sparked from the country’s 2015 presidential elections. The civil conflict forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee Burundi, including many of those who are accused of being involved in an attempted military coup on 13 May.

Nibigira is calling upon the country’s sheltering those accused of involvement to extradite them to Burundi so they can face the courts.

Featured image: By Patrick Gruban, cropped and downsampled by Pine – originally posted to Flickr as UN General Assembly, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4806869

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.