The government of Burundi has said it will not attend peace talks scheduled to resume in Tanzania on this Thursday. Meanwhile, the main opposition alliance has confirmed its participation.
The talks target to find a solution and end to a violent political crisis that began in 2015. Atrocities in the country started in April when Nkurunziza with his party CNDD decided he would seek a third term against the constitution
News from Reuters say that spokesman of Government disagrees with some irregularities in the organisation of this session. In a government statement said on Wednesday “the government objected to the presence of senior U.N. adviser Benomar Jamal”, adds the spokesman without details.
The government has repeatedly accused the U.N. of bias against it, after several human rights groups attributed abuses the security forces and ruling party. Besides, the main opposition grouping, CNARED, said it would attend the talks. However, it has also accused mediator Benjamin William Mkapa of bias. Accusations come from his speeches, which legitimated Nkurunziza, and that mediators should focus on setting up elections for 2020.
The violence in Burundi has alarmed people in a region where memories of the 1994 genocide in neighbouring Rwanda remain raw.
Today, the number of Burundian refugees are 380,344 since April 2015. They have fled to DR Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Rwanda accommodates more than 84,000. Some 50,000 in Mahama camp in Kirehe district/East, and around 24,000 in cities.
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