Unofficial translation from Russian
On a UN Security Council Meeting on Burundi
The United Nations Security Council has discussed the exacerbation of the situation in Burundi. Council members expressed concern over the escalation of combat actions between government forces and opposition armed groups, entailing a large
number of civilian casualties. Particularly alarming is the fact that this is occurring on the eve of a resumption on August 6 of cease-fire talks.
At the end of the meeting the President of the Security Council issued a statement in which on behalf of the Council members he urged the rebels to cease combat actions and attacks on the civilian population without delay, and called on the
parties to the conflict to resume talks in order to reach a cease-fire agreement.
The Russian Federation, supporting the UN Security Council's efforts to facilitate an effective settlement of the conflict in Burundi, for its part will continue to help the early achievement of this objective in the interest of promoting
security and stability in the Great Lakes region and on the African continent as a whole.
August 1, 2002
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