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On Burundi, Ban Spoke with Museveni & AU, Silent on Mbonimpa

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 3 -- As in Burundi the crackdown on those opposing or even questioning the third term for Pierre Nkurunziza continued, now threatening to increase after the killing of Adolphe Nshimirimana, on the evening of August 2 the US State Department issued a statement, while the UN and Ban Ki-moon remained silent until noon on August 3.

Even then, Ban praised Nzkurunziza; Inner City Press asked Ban's spokesman Stephane Dujarric about Nkurunziza's security forces beating and torturing journalist Esdras Ndikumana. Video here.

  Ban's spokesman said the UN was aware. But why wasn't it included in Ban's statement praising Nkurunziza? After that, the attack on Pierre Claver Mbonimpa. How long will it take Ban's UN to speak on that?

  Later on August 3, the UN put out this "read-out" of Ban's work on Burundi, still with no mention of Mbonimpa:

"The Secretary-General held a conference call today with H.E. Mr. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, and H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, to discuss the situation in Burundi.

The Secretary-General reiterated his strong condemnation of the killing, this weekend, of General Adolphe Nshimirimana and expressed his concern over its implications for security in Burundi. He expressed his full support for President Museveniís efforts to facilitate an inclusive political dialogue in Burundi on behalf of the East African Community.

The Secretary-General called for the swift resumption of the dialogue to defuse mounting tensions and pave the way for the formation of a government of national unity. It was agreed that the United Nations, the East African Community and the African Union should continue working closely together in a coordinated and unified approach to find a sustainable solution to the crisis in Burundi."

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