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Peace Talks Kick Off to end Tensions in Burundi | allafrica.com

Kampala — The Burundian warring parties will today meet at State House Entebbe for the preliminary stage of the peace talks aimed at averting the country’s degeneration into political violence that has left hundreds dead.

Outgoing Foreign Affairs permanent secretary James Mugume yesterday said the meeting will discuss the agenda of the negotiations that will be mediated by President Museveni.

“The talks begin tomorrow (today) with setting the agenda before the real talks begin,” he said

But Dr Kiyonga, who has been acting as mediator on behalf of President Museveni, could not be reached for a comment.

The talks will be the first step towards ending tension in Burundi after months of political unrest in the capital Bujumbura with the worst killings three weeks ago that left nearly 90 people dead. At least 240 have been killed since Burundi’s crisis began in April with more than 200,000 people having fled the country. The violence was sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial decision to run for a third term in office.

Source: Peace Talks Kick Off


Rwanda will not contribute troops to a peacekeeping mission in neighbouring Burundi, President Paul Kagame said, as he rejected claims his country was arming refugees as rebels.

The 54-member African Union said last Friday it would send a 5,000-strong force to halt violence that has sparked fears Burundi is sliding back towards civil war.

The AU has pledged to send troops despite Burundi’s opposition to what it terms an “invasion force”.

Source: Rwanda won’t join African Union peace force for Burundi – Africa | Daily Nation

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