Swedish Statement at the UN Security Council Briefing on the situation in Burundi
National statement delivered by Minister Counsellor Joakim Vaverka on behalf of Sweden at the United National Security Council Briefing on the situation in Burundi, 9 August 2018, New York.
I would like to join others in welcoming Special Envoy Kafando back to the Security Council chamber today. While welcoming the positive developments that the Special Envoy has reported on, we must not underestimate the security situation in Burundi and the precarious nature of the political, economic and humanitarian situation as well as continued reported grave human rights violations. There is clearly a need for the Security Council's continued engagement and support, especially to regional mediation efforts.
The Arusha Accords continues to be the fundament for peace, security and stability for Burundi and the region. An inclusive political resolution of the current conflict, through dialogue, must be found. Sweden fully supports the EAC-led efforts to revitalize an inclusive inter-Burundian dialogue. We expect the government and all relevant actors to commit fully to this process. In order to stabilize the political, security and human rights situation, there needs to be a conclusion of this dialogue.
A consensus-based road map towards free, fair and inclusive elections in 2020 is important. It is crucial that the UN and the international community follow and support this process. I would also like to firmly underscore that ensuring women's full and equal participation is essential for credible elections. The announcement by President Nkurunziza that he will not seek another term in 2020 was an important step towards a constructive political process.
We reiterate our full support for the efforts of the Peacebuilding Commission's Burundi configuration under the chairmanship of Ambassador Lauber. The PBC remains a unique platform for discussing the situation in the country with Burundi and brings a holistic understanding of the socio-economic situation, and the urgent peace building needs.
Finally Mr. President,
We are deeply concerned with continued lack of progress in addressing human rights violations and abuses in Burundi. Upholding and respecting human rights and ensuring accountability is critical for trust, dialogue and human dignity and for preventing further escalation of the conflict. It is thus of great importance that the OHCHR is allowed to work in the country and have our full support in this regard.