4 December 2013

Burundi: UN Mission Calls On All Burundians to Show Restraint During Constitutional Review Process

The United Nations today called on all political parties and actors in Burundi to show restraint as the country carries out its constitutional review process.

In a news release issued today, the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) also welcomed the Government's commitment to promote dialogue before the adoption of important instruments, particularly the constitution and the electoral code.

BNUB calls on all Burundian political parties and actors "to be measured and show restraint when addressing these issues" and "urges them to participate effectively in the planned inclusive consultations in order to express their concerns."

The small, war-scarred nation in Africa's Great Lakes region has been undertaking efforts towards peace and stability after decades of factional and ethnic fighting between Hutus and Tutsis killed hundreds of thousands of people.

BNUB, which is currently headed by Secretary-General's Special Representative, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, has been tasked with assisting the country with its peacebuilding efforts, including providing support for elections scheduled for 2015.

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