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UN Security Council calls for no violence as Burundi braces elections

UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Friday called upon all parties in Burundi to "refrain from any acts of violence and intimidation before, during, and after elections" in the country.

"The members of the Security Council stressed the need for the government and political opposition to refrain from any acts of violence and intimidation before, during, and after elections and to actively support the conditions for a peaceful, timely, credible and inclusive elections process," the 15-nation UN body said in a statement issued to the press here Friday night.

"In this regard, they condemned the March 15 assassination attempt against the wife of opposition leader Agathon Rwasa," the statement said. "They also expressed concern with the impact of this situation on the region, including reports of increased Burundian refugee flows into Rwanda by persons who cited a fear of violence."

Burundi is scheduled to hold communal and legislative elections on May 26 followed by presidential elections on June 26 and senatorial elections on Aug. 24.

One unique point of Burundi's 2015 elections is that the process will be monitored by UN electoral observers in conformity with a resolution of the Security Council.

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