Burundi rejects deployment of UN police force

Burundi has rejected the deployment of 228 UN police officers to monitor human rights abuses in the conflict-stricken East African nation.

The country's security force were "in control" and able to ensure citizens' security, government spokesman Philippe Nzobonariba said in a statement on Wednesday.

The rebuttal comes several days after the UN Security Council authorized the deployment of a police force in Burundi to monitor abuses committed by both opposition and government security forces.

"The government of Burundi rejects every aspect of this resolution linked to the deployment of any force on its territory," Nzobonariba said.

"The decision was taken without consulting Burundian authorities," the spokesman said.

The UN did not comment on the Burundian government's statement, however, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, called on the Security Council to respond.

"For our part, the planning continues as requested by the Security Council," Dujarric said. "The council needs to respond to what the Burundians have said and decided."

In December, Burundi rejected the deployment of 5,000 African Union peacekeepers, describing the move as "an invasion." It eventually agreed to the deployment of 200 AU forces after months of negotiations.

Burundi has been rocked by political violence since President Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term in the July 2015 elections, despite a constitutional two-term limit.

Last update: Wed, 03/08/2016 - 20:40

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