UNITED NATIONS – France is consulting United Nations Security Council members on the text of a new resolution that would strengthen international involvement in Burundi, and Britain says it could include "a policing element."
Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told reporters Thursday that the council must keep the spotlight on the escalating violence in the impoverished African nation, which he called "conflict prevention."
France's U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said Wednesday that a new resolution "coming soon" will be aimed at helping to reduce violence and tensions, spur a "truly inclusive inter-Burundian dialogue," and promote respect for human rights.
President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek re-election last April touched off street protests that led to a failed coup in May and a rebellion that has left Burundi on the brink of civil war.