New York

19 September 2011

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Burundi

The Secretary-General strongly condemns yesterday's armed attack in Bujumbura Rural Province, Burundi, that killed and injured scores of people. He notes that this senseless attack comes at a time when Burundi is trying to consolidate recent gains in peace and stability following decades of civil war. The Secretary-General conveys his deepest condolences to the families of the victims. He hopes that the perpetrators of these crimes will be brought to justice promptly and calls on all parties to exercise restraint.