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Burundi government rejects AUPSC request

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union urges the Government of Burundi to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the African Union on the Deployment of Human Rights Observers and Military Experts.

Diomede Nzeyimana: “There is no need to deploy military experts or observers because there is no war in the country”.

Diomede Nzeyimana: “There is no need to deploy military experts or observers because there is no war in the country”.

Diomede Nzeyimana, Deputy Spokesman for Burundi President, says there is no need for a memorandum of understanding because Burundi is a peaceful country. “There is no need to deploy military experts or observers because there is no war in the country,” he says.

Mr. Nzeyimana says the focus of the government now is on the preparation of the 2020 elections and poverty eradication. “If the African Union wants to help, it should join the government and work together on the two priorities of the moment: 2020 elections and the fight against poverty,” he says.

As for Léonce Ngendakumana, opposition politician, the government of Burundi won’t accept the request. “Unless the AU makes use of other forms of pressure different from those already used, President Nkurunziza will never accept this request of his own volition”.

Mr. Ngendakumana says the AU has already adopted many resolutions on the management of the Burundian crisis but President Nkurunziza has always opposed their implementation.
AU member states call for an inclusive dialogue and urge that the Arusha Agreement be implemented in letter and spirit

During the 808th meeting, Smail Chergui, Commissioner for the AU Peace and Security Council and Basile Ikouebe, AU Special rapporteur to Burundi and the Great Lakes Region briefed the AUPSC on the situation in Burundi.

Smael Chergui had conducted a visit to Burundi from 5 to 7 November 2018.

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