President Evariste Ndayishimiye has accused the UN Security Council for deliberately keeping his country on its agenda saying this is an attack on Burundi.
The seemingly isolated President made the remarks via a video conference while submitting to the 75th United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, September 24.
He described the Security Council intentions on Burundi as “muscle diplomacy” and called for cooperation beneficial to all states.
“We therefore reiterate our legitimate call for Burundi’s immediate withdrawal from the agenda of the Security Council, and to use this precious time to deal with socio-economic development and to support national efforts in the implementation of the national plan of development of Burundi 2018-2027 and the sustainable development goals of the 2030 agenda,” said President Ndayishimiye.
According to him, the fact that he is on this agenda is a factor of destabilization of the country rather than promoting peace and tranquillity. “Burundi is arbitrarily on the agenda of the Security Council for political reasons and the selfish interests of certain powers, which have nothing to do with the well-being of the Burundian people, which in no way constitutes a threat to international peace and security.”
On the diplomatic front, President Ndayishimiye wants strong diplomacy to give way to mutually beneficial and respectful cooperation. He speaks of “the tendency of certain states which use both subtle and illegal means to regulate geopolitics in the countries of the South and to replace the international community to oppress other countries by imposing unilateral coercive measures on them in violation of the principles of the United Nations Charter must cease.
“My country reaffirms its commitment to play its full part in building a world order based on the rule of law, a peaceful, equitable and prosperous world and respectful of the principles of the United Nations Charter,” he said.