Many UN council members want Burundi elections postponed

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Posted: May 27, 2015 8:04 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Security Council president says "the predominant opinion" of members is that Burundi's elections should not take place as scheduled in late June.

Lithuania's U.N. Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite, who leads the council this month, said after an urgent closed-door meeting and briefing by U.N. envoy to Burundi, Said Djinnit, on Wednesday that many members pointed to the unrest, tensions and flow of refugees in saying elections are not possible now.

President Pierre Nkurunziza's effort to extend his stay in power to a third term has sparked almost daily street protests in which at least 20 people have been killed. An opposition leader was also gunned down.

France's U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said talks between the government, opposition parties and religious organizations which Djinnit is facilitating, haven't resumed.