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UN ill-prepared for 'worst-case scenario' in Burundi

A man is detained in Bujumbura on June 27, 2015A confidential UN memo to the Security Council warns that a peacekeeping force that was sent to Burundi would be unable to quell large-scale violence in the conflict-wracked African country. The memo sent by UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous advised council members last week to travel to Bujumbura for urgent talks on the crisis over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s election to a third term. “A truly worst-case scenario will result in a scale of violence beyond the United Nations’ capacity to protect,” said the memo obtained by AFP on Tuesday.

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