France working on new UN resolution on Burundi conflict

France consulting UN Security Council members for new resolution on international involvement in Burundi conflict

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

France put efforts in the United Nations Security Council for a new resolution

France is working on a new United Nations Security Council resolution that will enable more international involvement in Burundi’s conflict.

Francois Delattre, France’s ambassador to the UN, said on Wednesday that a new resolution is “coming soon” and it will be aimed at helping reduce violence and tensions, to spur a “truly inclusive inter-Burundian dialogue,” and to promote respect for human rights.

The United Kingdom says the new resolution could include “a policing element.”

Delattre said deployment of UN police in Burundi “is potentially a productive idea.”

The UK’s Ambassador to UN Matthew Rycroft told on Thursday that the Security Council must keep the spotlight on the conflict in Burundi which he called “conflict prevention.”

"It's crucial that part of keeping the spotlight on the issue is about building up the UN presence in Burundi," Rycroft said.

The ambassador also stressed that the Security Council has to work closely with the African Union and the East Africa Community on mediation, potential monitors and other aspects “that could even include a policing element.”

The conflict escalated in Burundi when president Pierre Nkurunziza declared in April that he is seeking a third term as president despite the constitutional two term limit.

After the decision Burundi was faced with protests in the streets that led to a failed coup in May and internal clashes that continue to claim lives.

Nkurunziza supporters and protesters clash in the streets with guns, rockets and bombs in the capital Bujumbura.

UN says 230,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries since the protests began, and 430 people have been killed in clashes.

Human right activists blame police for unlawful killings.

Last month, Security Council members met with Nkurunziza in Burundi for political dialogue and a larger international presence.

Burundi's government rejected the African Union's plans on December to deploy a 5,000-strong peacekeeping force to stop escalating violence triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's extended tenure in office.

TRTWorld and agencies