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Burundi accuses Rwanda of perpetrating recent attack against military position

“For the nth time, the Government of Burundi has just been attacked in the night of 16 to 17 November 2019 by a neighboring country,” read the statement released on November 28 by Burundi government.

Prosper Ntahorwamiye, Burundi Government secretary general and spokesman

Prosper Ntahorwamiye, Burundi government secretary and spokesman said that during that night, the Rwandan army carried out an attack on a Burundian military position on Mount Twinyoni, in Marura area in Mabayi commune of Cibitoke province in northwestern Burundi.

“This attack caused material and human damage,” said Ntahorwamiye, without being precise about the toll. “This attack is added to many other attacks perpetrated by the country that have been denounced to regional and international bodies,” he said.

The Government of Burundi has lodged complaints against Rwanda to various bodies namely the EAC, AU and UN to denounce all these aggressions, provocations and violations of the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region and its Protocol on Non-aggression and Mutual Defense and other international instruments governing peaceful cohesion among States.

Burundi government deplores the inaction displayed by those regional and international bodies and asks them to play their role in ensuring the respect for international and regional conventions on justice, peace, defense and security.

“Burundi calls on these international and regional organizations to break the long silence and to finally denounce and put an end to the aggressive acts of Rwanda against Burundi,” said Ntahorwamiye.

Rwanda refutes these allegations of Burundi. Olivier Nduhungirehe, Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs in an interview with VOA said that Rwanda is used to unsubstantiated accusations of Burundi.