Political impasse in Burundi a concern for UN Security Council

The presidential statement from the world organisations powerhouse cites increasing numbers of refugees and reports of torture, forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.

The United Nations Security Council has expressed deep concern over the political situation in Burundi. Picture: United Nations Photo.

JOHANNESBURG - The United Nations Security Council has expressed deep concern over the political situation in Burundi.

The presidential statement from the world organisations powerhouse cites increasing numbers of refugees and reports of torture, forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.

It strongly urged the government and all parties to immediately cease and reject such violence.

The statement says the violence and the persisting political impasse in Burundi have devastating consequences for the country and the region.

It underscores its concern about the worsening humanitarian situation marked by nearly 202,000 internally displaced persons, three million in need and more than 416,000 Burundians seeking refuge in the neighbouring country.

It also reiterated its intention to pursue targeted measures against all actors, both inside and outside Burundi, who threaten the nation’s peace and security.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)