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International community concerned over mounting violence ahead of presidential election in Burundi

06-18-2010 16:10 BJT

BUJUMBURA, June 17 (Xinhua) -- The international community and the Burundian civil society are worried about the deteriorating security throughout Burundi as the presidential elections scheduled for June 28, this year is drawing near

UN Secretary General Executive Representative to Burundi Charles Petrie on Tuesday expressed his concern over mounting violence throughout the country. "We are closely following what is happening in Burundi and we are worried about grenade attacks reported here and there throughout Burundi," said Charles Petrie.

The representative also invited all political actors to sit together and find a solution to the real causes of insecurity.

European Union envoy to the Great Lakes Region Ambassador Roland Van De Geer also deplored the deteriorating security situation in the country.

On Tuesday, Van De Geer said "The current security situation in Burundi does not give signs of hope for the success of the presidential elections with only one candidate."

The Burundian civil society also has said that it is worried about the deterioration of security since the beginning of the electoral campaign for the presidential elections which started on June 12.

The Iteka Human Rights League said there is urgent need to carry out investigations and find out who fired grenades and who burned the offices of the ruling Conseil National pour la Défense de la Démocratie-Forces de Défense de la Démocratie (CNDD-FDD).

"The government should arrest all people involved in criminal acts which are now increasing in the electoral process", Edouard Biha, Iteka League Executive Secretar, told Xinhua on Thursday.

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