UN Security Council marks Burundi's transition with scaled down UN presence in new mandate

09:25, December 17, 2010      

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The UN Security Council on Thursday welcomed the progress towards peace and stability in Burundi with the marked transition in a new mandate of a " significantly scaled-down UN presence."

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-nation Security Council established the United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB) as a "significantly scaled-down United Nations presence for an initial period of 12 months," which is set to begin on Jan. 1, 2011.

The resolution replaces the mandate of UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB) set up in 2006 to assist efforts towards peace and stability after decades of factional and ethnic fighting between Hutus and Tutsis killed hundreds of thousands of people. It was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2010.

The resolution underscored "the need for a smooth transition" from BINUB to BNUB and underlined that the primary responsibility of the government of Burundi for peacebuilding, security and long- term development in the country.

The resolution encouraged the government of Burundi to "pursue its efforts regarding peace consolidation challenges, in particular democratic governance, the fight against corruption, security sector reform."

The Council requested UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to keep the 15-nation Council informed every six months on the implementation of the mandate of BNUB, as well as with the resolution with a briefing and a report.

It called upon Ban to develop a "set of benchmarks for the future evolution of BNUB into a UN country team presence" with regular reports on progress to the Council.

Source: Xinhua
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