Rwanda: UK ambassador says Burundi's security situation matter of 'extreme concern'

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -  While Burundi's security situation remains extremely grave,  the ongoing dialogue that involves various protagonists would play an important role toward ending current hostilities in the country, Britain's ambassador in Rwanda, William Gelling said here on Thursday

Speaking to journalists in Kigali, Gelling said that Burundi mediation under the leadership of Tanzania's former president Benjamin Mkapa is an important step to address the post-election violence and repression in the country.

"We support the mediation led by Mkapa hoping for positive results of this dialogue and the  the United Kingdom has led international efforts to use sanctions against close advisors of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza," he said.

In addition, the UK was directly involved in drafting the UN Security Council resolution setting the stage for deployment of UN police to Burundi, he said.

According to the envoy, the resolution "strongly condemns human rights violations including extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, torture, intimidation of civil society organisations and journalists and restrictions on fundamental freedoms."

The political unrest in Burundi, which has lasted nearly a year,  has killed more than 400 people and driven tens of thousands others to seek asylum in neighbouring countries, according to humanitarian agencies in the region.

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02 june 2016 18:08:36

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