The situation in Burundi Third report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Operation in Burundi (S/2005/149)
|(The Presidency changes each month to the next member in alphabetical order)|
|Mr. Zhang Yishan
Adoption of the agenda
The situation in Burundi
Third report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Operation in Burundi (S/2005/149)
I should like to inform the Council that I have received a letter from the representative of Burundi, in which he requests to be invited to participate in the discussion of the item on the Council’s agenda. In conformity with the usual practice, I propose, with the consent of the Council, to invite that representative to participate in the discussion without the right to vote, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter and rule 37 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure.
There being no objection, it is so decided.
The Security Council will now begin its consideration of the item on its agenda. The Council is meeting in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations.
After consultations among members of the Security Council, I have been authorized to make the following statement on behalf of the Council:
“The Security Council welcomes the approval by the Burundian people of the post-transitional Constitution through the referendum of 28 February 2005, whose final results have just been declared. The very broad participation of the citizens of Burundi, who have voted in favour of the Constitution in large numbers, is the sign of their support to the peace process. It is an important event for Burundi and for the whole region of the Great Lakes of Africa.
“The Security Council calls upon all Burundians to remain committed to the course of national reconciliation, for further steps remain to be taken. It invites in particular the political leadership in the country to work together towards the common goal of holding, expeditiously, local and national elections that are free and fair. It encourages the donor community to continue providing its assistance to this end.”
This statement will be issued as a document of the Security Council under the symbol S/PRST/2005/13.
The Security Council has thus concluded the present stage of its consideration of the item on its agenda.