UN chief voices concerns about pre-election violence in Burundi

April 16, 2015 04:49

UNITED NATIONS- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced concerns about violence in the run-up to Burundi's presidential election and urged the government to ensure the vote is free and fair, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Ban on Tuesday met with Burundi's Interior Minister Edouard Nduwimana, the UN press office said in a statement.

"(Ban) expressed his concern about the rising political tensions in the country and encouraged Burundians to resolve their political differences through dialogue and without resorting to violence," the statement said.

"He also encouraged the government to ensure that all political actors are able to participate fully and freely in the electoral process," the read-out of the meeting said, noting that Ban told Nduwimana "this would contribute to credible elections and reduce further tensions."

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