Burundian president asks for leaders’ summit to ease tension with Rwanda

Pierre Nkurunziza
Pierre Nkurunziza

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza said Friday that an extraordinary summit of heads of state of the East African Community (EAC) is needed to ease tension between Burundi and Rwanda.

“There is a big issue opposing Burundi to Rwanda. People attacked Burundi from Rwanda and some of them were captured. Their weapons were seized,” Nkurunziza said when answering a journalist’s question during a live radio program held in Ngozi province in northern Burundi.

“We’re victims and we need compensation. We have never thought of attacking Rwanda,” he said.

If the summit takes place, the relations between Burundi and Rwanda will normalize, he added.

The central African country has filed complaints to EAC, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, the African Union and the United Nations, but they kept quiet, said the president.

The relations between Burundi and Rwanda have deteriorated after Burundi accused Rwanda of hosting and supporting perpetrators of the 2015 coup plot against President Nkurunziza. Enditem


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