Statement delivered by Phillip Taula, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, 29 July 2016.

New Zealand voted in favour of resolution 2303 (2016). The situation in Burundi and the risk of further escalation continues to be of major concern to New Zealand. The resolution meets our expectations for a credible and appropriate response. We would stress that the resolution is not the end of the process but a small milestone in efforts to restore peace and stability. Achieving this must take place in the context of efforts to achieve a political solution, with a significant role for the region and supporting a genuine incredible inter-Burundian dialogue.