11 March 2015 – A United Nations Security Council mission is expected to visit Burundi on 13 March 2015 to hold discussions with the country’s Head of State and key stakeholders on peace and stability issues, including the ongoing electoral process. The visit to Burundi is part of a regional trip by the UN Security Council which also includes stops in the Central African Republic (CAR) and in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to meet with the African Union.
Council members will meet with Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza as well as with other members of the Government, officials of the National Electoral commission’s (CENI), representatives of political parties and politically affiliated youth groups as well as diplomats, representatives of the UN Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi (MENUB) and the UN country team. The delegation is also expected to speak to the press at the end of its one-day visit.
The visit to Burundi occurs as the country is preparing to hold five elections: legislatives and communal (26 May); presidential (first round on 23 June and possible run-off on 27 July); senatorial (17 July); and local elections (hills and districts councils - 24 August).
Following a request by the Government of Burundi to the Secretary-General, the United Nations established an electoral observation mission in Burundi headed by his Special Envoy to Burundi,
M. Cassam Uteem, to follow and report on the electoral process the country. The United Nations Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi (MENUB) officially started its operations in the country on 1 January 2015, as stated in SC resolution 2137 (2014).
France – who holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council for the month of March – and the United States are co-leading the visit to Burundi.
SC mission’s press conference:
Date: 13 March 2015, 5.30-6 pm Venue: MENUB, Conference room Contact:
Vladimir Monteiro MENUB spokesperson /Media relations Tel: +257 22205744 Cell: +257 76115744 / 71236118 E-mail: email@example.com