Bujumbura, Burundi - At the end of this senate elections day, 29 July 2005, Carolyn McAskie, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, met the press at the head office of the United Nations Operation in Burundi (ONUB).
Ms. McAskie noted that the elections were hitch-free: "Judging from what I witnessed in Bujumbura Mairie and Bujumbura Rural as well as the reports that I received from the field, I am convinced that the elections were very well organised. The results show an overwhelming vote for just one party but that is the people's will."
Aware of the major challenges that the new government will face, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General had some words of advice for the future leaders: "For Burundi's future, what will be required will be a government that abides by the constitution which is based on the Arusha negotiations, consensus and the consultation process."
In reply to a journalist's question on the country's future, Ms. McAskie was reassuring while appealing for the generosity of the international community. She said that "Burundi has emerged from the crisis but it has been noticed that many countries fall back into crises because they do not receive the necessary support. The international community must lend even more support to Burundi because the country will find itself in a very precarious situation if the newly-installed government does not have the necessary resources to meet the people's needs. What is necessary now is for the population to see the benefits of democracy and to remain hopeful. Voting is one thing and having a new government another. But what the population expects is to have security for the family, jobs, the possibility of educating children, and so on."
Isabelle ABRIC, Chef, Information Publique/
Chief, Public Information
Penangnini TOURE, Porte-parole/ Spokesperson
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