UK: Burundi remains threat to international peace and security

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The UK’s Political Coordinator at the UN has warned the Security Council that Burundi remains a threat to international peace and security.

At the latest Security Council briefing on the situation in Burundi, David Clay addressed the council ahead of the East African country’s upcoming presidential election. While he acknowledged an “overall improvement” in the security situation, the political coordinator urged authorities to push for dialogue between political forces in the country.

‘Burundi continues to constitute a threat’

David Clay wrapped up his address with a clear message for the UN Security Council, insisting that Burundi remains an ongoing security threat at an international level.

“Madam President, with elections next year taking place amidst this fragile political and humanitarian environment and its implications for the broader security of the Great Lakes region, the UK believes that the situation in Burundi continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security,” he said.

“The United Kingdom firmly believes that this must remain on this Council’s agenda.”

Clay accepted that the overall security situation in Burundi has improved in recent years but said that “continuing incidents of violence and violations of human rights, some of which target political opponents, are deeply concerning,”

Numerous reports from rights groups point towards ongoing human rights violations taking place in Burundi and increasing political tension ahead of next year’s presidential poll.

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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.