Burundi Resists UN Deployment of Police and Military Monitors

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Burundi is starting to resist the deployment of UN police and military monitors into the country, a matter of weeks after agreeing to the resolution.

The Burundian government agreed to accept the deployment of police officers and monitors earlier this month, but the country’s foreign affairs minister, Alain Nyamitwe, has warned the UN that Burundi will not be governed by an external authority.

 

Burundi resists police deployment

While Nyamitwe insists his country still welcomes the UN resolution, he says the presence of African Union (AU) observers already in Burundi means the need for police deployment is limited.

“We don’t want deployment of hundreds of police officers,” he was quoted by The East African. “The United Nations has to remember that there are AU observers who are on the ground so we just need a few to help stabilise the situation in the country.”

 

Effort to resolve human right issues

The resolution was passed following after the US Assistant Secretary for Democracy and Human Rights, Tom Malinowski, visited the Burundi capital, Bujumbura. The UN is keen to diffuse the political crisis in Burundi to ease fears an ethnic conflict could break out.

A recent visit from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prompted Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza to commit to holding talks with opposition leaders. Those talks are yet to happen, however, and international voices have started to accuse Burundi of making promises but taking no action.

“We are not focusing on what they say but on what they do. It is good that the Burundian government makes promises. Action sometimes begins with promises but the important thing is that they should take the actions,” Malinowski said after his visit.

 

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About Aaron Brooks

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.