UN Secretary-General spoken to Burundi's President on upcoming elections
United Nations Secretary-General on Friday urged the President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza "to carefully consider the potential consequences, for the country and his legacy, of his decisions in the run-up to the presidential election."
In a phone call to President Nkurunziza, Ban Ki-moon "pointed to the many voices in Burundi and the international community calling for strict adherence to the letter and spirit of the Arusha Accord, which is the basis for the country's Constitution." He also called on the president of Burundi "to ensure that the security services remain impartial in the event of public protests."
The Secretary-General expressed the hope that President Nkurunziza's decisions would keep Burundi on the path to peace and stability.
In his phone call, Ban Ki-moon noted that with elections less than two months away", Burundi has "made great progress, thanks to the determination of Burundians to preserve the spirit of Arusha and build a peaceful, democratic and prosperous nation."