Ban condemns assassination of Burundi army chief


The Secretary-General has condemned the assassination of Brigadier General Athanase Kararuza, his wife, and daughter in Bujumbura Monday.

Brigadier General Kararuza was until September 2015 the Deputy Force Commander of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

He was shot dead by armed men north of the capital Bujumbura.

The United Nations has extended its deepest condolences to all affected by this tragic loss.

The assassination of Brigadier General Kararuza comes in the wake of several instances of politically-motivated assassination attempts in Burundi over recent weeks, including yesterday’s attack on Martin Nivyabandi, Minister of Human Rights, Social Affairs and Gender, as well as those on prominent members of the security forces.

All such acts of violence serve no purpose other than to worsen the already volatile situation in Burundi, Ban Ki-moon said.

The Secretary-General urged that a rigorous and prompt investigation of these events is undertaken.

The Secretary-General underlined that a political process is the only way for Burundians to put their country back on the path of national reconciliation and peace.

He called on all political leaders, including those in exile, to firmly renounce the use of violence in pursuit of political agendas and commit to an inclusive and genuine dialogue.

He said the United Nations will continue to provide its full support and assistance to all efforts aimed at promoting a peaceful settlement in Burundi.

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