The Secretary-General’s proposal for an integrated UN office in Burundi to follow on from ONUB in 2007, covering security-sector reforms and human rights as well as transitional government, will also be discussed in light of the Secretary-General’s report on ONUB, which is due 15 June. In this context, some discussion of a possible Peacebuilding Commission role is likely.
It seems that the Council may also have a progress report of the joint UN-Burundi government committee which was set up to plan how the UN can help Burundi after the mandate of ONUB expires. UNDP Assistant Administrator Gilbert Fossoun Hungbo reportedly had successful meetings in Bujumbura on this in late May.
The Council will also discuss extending the redeployment of civilian and military personnel between ONUB and the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) until 31 December.
The outstanding issue of the framework for a truth and reconciliation commission and a special chamber to try serious human rights violations is unlikely to be discussed because the Secretariat will be not be ready to report to the Council in June with negotiations still underway.
A second option is to signal an intention to keep under review the possible extension of ONUB if the security situation deteriorates. However, this is unlikely given the Burundian government’s desire for ONUB’s disengagement and pressure from some Council members to reduce the size of the mission.
A third option is to delay a decision on the integrated office until closer to the end of the year, thereby implicitly keeping open the possibility of a wider review.
The main issue is whether to take an early decision on the proposal for an integrated office. Early approval of the structure would allow for a smooth transition from peacekeeping to peacebuilding.
Related issues are the size, duration, financing and tasks of the new structure, and the potential security risks if the situation in Burundi were to deteriorate.
Another issue is whether ONUB troops should continue to assist MONUC after June.
Given the regional dimension and the security situation in Burundi, it is likely that the Council will want to remain seized of the issue.
For background and a more complete list of documents, please consult our March 2006 Monthly Forecast.
|Selected Security Council Resolutions|
|Selected Presidential Statement|
|Selected Secretary-General’s Reports|
|ONUB: Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of Mission|
To be Appointed; Nureldin Satti is the Acting Special Representative
Major-General Derrick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi (South Africa)
|Size and Composition of Mission|
|1 July 2005 – 30 June 2006: $307.69 million (gross)|
June 2004 to present