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Burundi welcomes UN resolution approving police presence

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza (L) stands next to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon (R) during a press conference on February 23, 2016 in Bujumbura.  Five African leaders are to visit Burundi this week to push for progress in stalled efforts to end the country's 10-month-old crisis that has left more than 400 dead, the South African government said on February 23, 2016. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was due to hold talks with President Pierre Nkurunziza in Burundi after meeting with political parties and civil society representatives. / AFP / STRINGER

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza (L) stands next to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon (R) during a press conference on February 23, 2016 in Bujumbura.<br />Five African leaders are to visit Burundi this week to push for progress in stalled efforts to end the country’s 10-month-old crisis that has left more than 400 dead, the South African government said on February 23, 2016. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was due to hold talks with President Pierre Nkurunziza in Burundi after meeting with political parties and civil society representatives. / AFP / STRINGER

The Burundian government says it welcomes the adoption of United Nation (UN) Security Council Resolution 2279, which calls for the deployment of a UN police contingent to monitor the security situation in Burundi.

The resolution passed on Friday also calls on all parties to reject any kind of violence and public statements inciting hatred. It urges the Burundian government to guarantee fundamental freedoms for all and adhere to the rule of law.

Burundi’s Foreign Minister, Alain Nyamitwe, said President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government has always been open to an international presence in Burundi and would welcome the deployment of a UN police contingent as long as they are not UN troops.



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