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DATE=11/12/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-N-BURUNDI (L ONLY) NUMBER=2-256113 BYLINE=BRECK ARDERY DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United Nations Security Council heard a report today (Friday) that conditions in the African nation of Burundi are at a critical stage. VOA Correspondent Breck Ardery reports from the United Nations. TEXT: Ibrahima Fall, Assistant U-N Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told the Council that the peace process in Burundi has all but collapsed. He said the recent death of former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere who had been leading peace efforts, has created a political vacuum. Mr. Fall also observed that there has been a serious deterioration in the humanitarian situation in Burundi. Representatives of 21 nations spoke during the Security Council's day-long discussion. They expressed concerns about the political and human crises in Burundi. United States Representative Nancy Soderberg spoke against the Burundi government's policy of forced relocation of thousands of people in what the government says is a move to prevent armed attacks by insurgents. ///Soderberg act/// The United States shares the international community's concern about the violence and its effect on the government, civilians and on the overall peace process. Counter-insurgency efforts now include the so-called "regroupment" of 340-thousand people near the capital, an act we consider to be a major human rights violation and a matter of serious humanitarian concern. ///end act/// Ms. Soderberg and many other speakers called for the immediate resumption of the peace process with a facilitator acceptable to all Burundian parties that were involved in the negotiations under Mr. Nyerere. At the end of the meeting, Security Council President Danilo Turk of Slovenia read a statement on behalf of all Council members. ///Turk act/// The Council firmly believes that the process chaired by the late Mwalimu Nyerere offers the best hope for peace in Burundi and should be the foundation for all-party talks leading to the conclusion of a peace agreement. ///end act/// Mr. Turk also said the Security Council recognizes Burundi's dire economic condition and urges donor nations to expand their assistance to Burundi.(Signed) NEB/UN/BA/LSF/PT 12-Nov-1999 17:34 PM EDT (12-Nov-1999 2234 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .

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