France has ramped up the pressure on Burundian stakeholders with a Security Council Draft Resolution that warns the government to cooperate with regional mediation efforts and for all parties to reject violence. With tension escalating, fear of a return to an ethnically based civil war in the country, the draft warns of Council’s intention to consider additional measures including targeted sanctions whose actions and statements impede the search for a peaceful solution.
The 7553 meeting of the Security Council has been called to order. After an urgent session of this council where UN officials again warned of a Burundi on the brink, France’s Deputy Permanent Representative Alexis Lamek circulated what could be the firmest response from the UN body to date. Read more