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3664th Meeting of Security Council: Situation in Burundi
15 May 1996 -  Presidential statement requests Secretary-General, and states concerned, to facilitate contingency planning for rapid humanitarian response if needed.
Expressing grave concern at reports of a downward spiral of violence in Burundi, the Security Council this afternoon called on the parties to engage in a comprehensive political dialogue aimed at achieving national reconciliation.

In a statement read out on its behalf by Council President Qin Huasun (China), the Council, in light of recent developments, requested the Secretary-General and Member States concerned to urgently facilitate contingency planning for a rapid humanitarian response in the event of widespread violence or a serious deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Burundi. The Secretary-General was also encouraged to pursue planning for steps that might be taken to support a possible political agreement.

The Council, reiterating its full support for the ongoing efforts of former President Julius Nyerere of the United Republic of Tanzania to resolve the crisis in Burundi, further called on all parties to make full use of the 22 May meeting in Mwanza to achieve progress towards national reconciliation. It also called upon all the States concerned to cooperate in the convening of a regional conference on peace, security and development in the Great Lakes region.

In addition, the Council reminded all parties of their responsibilities and recalled its readiness to consider the adoption of further measures should the parties fail to demonstrate the political will for a peaceful solution to the crisis.
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