The Office of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General in Burundi has been declared ‘Null and Void’ and will be permanently removed on December 31st.
Burundi’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation said it sent a note verbale on Tuesday, November 17th to “notify the Secretary-General of the United Nations of the formal closure and liquidation of the Office of its Special Envoy in Burundi on the 31 December 2020.”
It is official; Gitega does not intend to prolong the presence of this Office arguing that the reasons which influenced for its establishment have now become null and void.
“The motivations for voting of resolution 2248 of 2015 and resolution 2303 of 2016 in their political, security and human rights aspects have become obsolete,” Burundi said.
The head of Burundian diplomacy recalls that Resolution 2248 of November 12, 2015 was voted on the basis of the situation which prevailed in Burundi following the “insurrectional movement”.
According to Minister Albert Shingiro, ” in order to closely monitor the situation in Burundi, the Security Council invited the Secretary General to deploy a team to Burundi to work with the government, the AU and other partners to assess the situation and consider options to resolve political and security issues. ”
The Burundian foreign minister affirms that it had been agreed that this Office of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General would close its doors at the end of the 2020 electoral process which ended on August 24, 2020. “The UN Secretary General could have acted accordingly and liquidated the said office.”