Burundi President: 'No AU Troops'

 23 Jan 2016 - 12:54

Burundi President: 'No AU Troops'
 

Bujumbura: Burundi’s president remained firm in his rejection of an African Union-proposed peacekeeping force to help restore calm to his country.
"The people decided through the National Assembly," President Pierre Nkurunziza told a visiting delegation of the U.N. Security Council. He said the African Union "must respect Burundi as a member state and we must be consulted" on the matter.
Last month, the African Union announced it would deploy a 5,000-strong "prevention and protection" force to Burundi for an initial period of six months, following election-related violence that killed at least 439 people since April and caused more than 220,000 to flee the country.
The situation in Burundi is expected to be a key topic when African heads of state meet next week at their annual summit in Addis Ababa.
Observers fear that the violence sparked by what is seen by many as an unconstitutional third term for Nkurunziza could result in another civil war between the country’s ethnic Tutsis and Hutus - similar to the one that plagued the country from 1993 to 2005.

QNA