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Grenade Attacks Against Burundian Lawmakers

Grenade attacks against Burundian lawmakers alarm Secretary-General

11 March 2008 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern at the simultaneous grenade attacks at the weekend in Bujumbura, the Burundian capital, on the homes of four parliamentarians.

Mr. Ban "calls on national authorities to continue to give this serious incident the attention it deserves and to bring the perpetrators to justice without delay," his spokesperson said in a statement released today.

"The Secretary-General urges the Government of Burundi and all political leaders to work together through the national democratic institutions to ease the current tensions," the statement added. "He will continue to monitor the situation in Burundi very closely."

The United Nations Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB) has been in place in the Great Lakes country since the start of last year to help implement the previous year's comprehensive ceasefire agreement between the Government and the rebel group known as Palipehutu-FNL.


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