UN to adopt Burundi resolution

UN security council to adopt resolution to curb violence in Burundi

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A soldier walks away from protesters as they clash with riot police against the decision made by Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third five-year term in office, in the capital Bujumbura, April 27, 2015

The UN Security Council is expected to unanimously adopt a French-drafted resolution aimed at ending violence in Burundi on Thursday.

The resolution may put in motion UN plans to bolster the international presence in Burundi, possibly with the deployment of peacekeepers after months of turmoil. The council is set to convene at 1715 GMT.

French diplomats took the lead in drafting the resolution that threatened sanctions against Burundian leaders who incite attacks or stall peace efforts.

Amendments to the watered down French resolution addressed concerns from Russia and some African countries that sanctions would not be helpful to efforts to prevent a bloodbath or a Rwanda-like civil war.

If passed, the resolution would request that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon present options to the council within 15 days on actions that could be taken to thwart the violence in Burundi.

Diplomats along with the international community, are concerned Rwanda becoming involved in the Burundian crises. When Rwandan President Paul Kagame accused Burundi's leaders of carrying out "massacres" on their people.

Burundi has been hit with a cycle of violence, caused by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid to win a third term.

Nkurunziza’s victory had been welcomed by protests and violence in the country. Dozens have been killed since the elections, including Burundian opposition figures and supporters, as well as a former army chief and a former intelligence chief. The President of the Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detainees, Mbonimpa was shot and seriously wounded by gunmen in August.

At least 200 people have died in the latest chaos and nearly 200,000 people have been displaced by the political crisis that began in April, since the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces announced Nkurunziza, a former Hutu rebel, could run for a third term as president. Fear of mass violence or even genocide is rising in the central African country.

There was a civil war in Burundi from 1993 to 2006 and approximately 300,000 people died in the conflict between rebels from majority Hutu people and an army dominated by minority Tutsis.

TRTWorld and agencies