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UN: Security Council passes resolution to deploy UN police force to Burundi03:27

UN: Security Council passes resolution to deploy UN police force to Burundi

United Nations, New York City
July 30, 2016 at 08:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

The United Nations (United Nations) Security Council adopted a resolution to authorise the deployment of a UN police force to Burundi to attempt to quell a recent increase in violence in the country.

The Security Council supported a French-drafted resolution calling for up to 228 UN police personnel to be sent to Burundi for an initial period of one year. According to the UN, the force will be deployed to monitor rights violations and abuses in the capital Bujumbura and throughout the country.

The UN requires approval from Burundi's government to carry out the deployment. Earlier, Burundi said that it would only accept up to 50 unarmed UN police personnel. Of the 15 Security Council members, four abstained from the vote, including China, Angola, Egypt and Venezuela.

China has stated that it abstained because the vote did not respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Burundi. In response, United Kingdom ambassador Stephen Hickey replied his "regret that not every member of this council was able to support the text today. A united council would have sent a clear message to the government of Burundi to accept the police deployment."

Over 450 people have died in political related violence since Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza contested and won a third term in office last April, with around a quarter of a million displaced from fleeing the violence.

SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV

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The United Nations (United Nations) Security Council adopted a resolution to authorise the deployment of a UN police force to Burundi to attempt to quell a recent increase in violence in the country.

The Security Council supported a French-drafted resolution calling for up to 228 UN police personnel to be sent to Burundi for an initial period of one year. According to the UN, the force will be deployed to monitor rights violations and abuses in the capital Bujumbura and throughout the country.

The UN requires approval from Burundi's government to carry out the deployment. Earlier, Burundi said that it would only accept up to 50 unarmed UN police personnel. Of the 15 Security Council members, four abstained from the vote, including China, Angola, Egypt and Venezuela.

China has stated that it abstained because the vote did not respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Burundi. In response, United Kingdom ambassador Stephen Hickey replied his "regret that not every member of this council was able to support the text today. A united council would have sent a clear message to the government of Burundi to accept the police deployment."

Over 450 people have died in political related violence since Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza contested and won a third term in office last April, with around a quarter of a million displaced from fleeing the violence.

SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV