Burundian Government Says Will Not Join Peace Talks In Neighboring Tanzania

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Highlights:

Efforts to end the war in Burundi have suffered major setback after a senior government official said the government will not be joining the talks scheduled for 6th and 16th January to end violence.

Joseph Bangurambona, the permanent secretary for foreign affairs in Burundi echoed the sentiments citing the lack of consensus on the dates for the talks to be held in Tanzania.

Summary:

Burundi’s government on 5th January announced that they would not take part in the peace talks with the opposition increasing the fears for the violence accelerating in the country.

Joseph Bangurambona, the permanent secretary for foreign affairs in Burundi on January 5th said that due to the lack of consensus in the talks’ dates the government would not be involved in the talks.

The talks held in Tanzania are regional efforts to end the conflict in Burundi that were triggered by the bid by President Pierre Nkurunziza for a third term in office that was a constitutional violation.

Civil and human rights movement have accused the government of responding to criticism with violence and intimidation evidenced by the large number of opposition leaders in living in exile and fear among residents in opposition of the president.

Burundi has rejected assistance from regional and African forces insisting that the country is in perfect condition to handle its own matter internally and bring an end to the everyday killings, explosions and unrest in the country especially the capital Bujumbura.

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