Burundi - Adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2303 – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault (July 30, 2016)

I applaud the UN Security Council’s adoption of resolution 2303 on Burundi. France had been engaged in intense negotiations for months to achieve this result.

This resolution authorizes the deployment of 228 UN police officers with a mandate to monitor and report on the security situation and human rights violations in Burundi.

The Security Council could be called upon on an emergency basis should the situation deteriorate.

The Security Council has assumed its responsibilities. The UN can conduct actions to prevent and ease tensions on the ground.

France believes that this situation must continue to be followed closely. I will travel to the region early next week, to Kenya and Tanzania where, among others, I will meet with former President Mkapa, the Burundi crisis mediator, to express my support.