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With peace restored, Burundian president says poverty is remaining threat

The only enemy that remains a threat to citizens, in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is common to all of us, is poverty

NEW YORK, United States of America, September 24, 2021 / APO Group / –

The Burundian president said Thursday that, 60 years after the country’s independence, “the restoration of peace, security, stability and social cohesion is a reality” in the African nation.

“The only enemy that remains a threat to citizens, in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is common to all of us, is poverty,” said Evariste Ndayishimiye.

The Head of State was speaking at UN Headquarters on the third day of the General Assembly high-level week. After being held virtually last year, this year’s gathering features “hybrid” activities that include in-person leaders as well as virtual participants.

The Burundian leader noted that his country is celebrating, in 2021, six decades of independence and membership in the United Nations.

“It is therefore a moment to recall that the United Nations played a big role because since the end of the First World War, Burundi was managed under the mandate of the League of Nations then of the United Nations”, he said. he declares.

A moment of hope

Highlighting the theme of this year’s debate, A Presidency of Hope, he said it has special significance for Burundians.

“Not only in the face of the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the consequences of these repetitive crises that have been perpetrated in the country with impunity,” he explained.

To overcome these difficulties, he indicated that his government has identified a number of priorities in the National Development Plan of Burundi, PND 2018-2027. He called the initiative “an ambitious and transformative agenda that can accelerate the process of socio-economic development”.

On the issue of good governance and social justice, he declared that “the fight against corruption, economic embezzlement and the fight against impunity are among the Government’s priorities”.

On peace and security, he said that it is “undeniable” that the international community has achieved some success in the fight against terrorism, but it must recognize that it is “far from having developed a common, adequate and effective strategy to destroy this scourge ”.

“Beyond the necessary military action, the effective fight against terrorism includes a fight against radicalization, which has its roots in ignorance, poverty, youth unemployment and illiteracy,” he said. he argued.

He added that his government is concerned about the proliferation of terrorism in the region, including in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where extremist groups “recruit unemployed youth who indiscriminately kill peaceful and innocent citizens. “.

“I remain convinced that these groups pose a threat not only to our region but to all humanity,” he said.

It is in this context that, since 2007, Burundi has made military and police contingents available to the United Nations and the African Union, he informed. These officers continue to serve in countries such as Somalia and the Central African Republic.

Human rights issues

Mr. Ndayishimiye also made a note on the UN Human Rights Council, asserting about the work of this body that “any tendency to single out Burundi by attaching special human rights mechanisms to it is simply counterproductive ”.

“In practice, the government has focused on the protection of human rights, respect for democratic principles, freedoms of opinion, expression and the press,” he guaranteed. “A lot of efforts have been made thanks to the establishment of an almost permanent dialogue between the political parties, the media and the public authorities.

He also noted that his country hosts refugees and Burundians returning to their country. He explained that, since July 2020, more than 75,000 refugees have returned voluntarily, adding to more than 50,000 who have returned without going through specialized United Nations agencies.

“With the return of peace and security, Burundian refugees, including political actors, are returning en masse and are welcomed with love and dignity,” he said.

Finally, he welcomed the “historic decision” of the Security Council and the Peace and Security Council of the African Union to remove Burundi from their political agendas in recognition of the return of peace.

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