Burundi’s president pledges to fight AU peacekeepers

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza Wednesday pledged to fight against African Union (AU) peacekeepers' deployment in Burundi, the country's president said in a live program on local radio stations.

Burundis President Pierre Nkurunziza
Burundis President Pierre Nkurunziza

“The African Union (AU) troops have to respect Burundi’s independence and borders. If they break this convention, they will be attacking our country (Burundi) and all citizens will stand up to fight them,” said the President.

Burundis President Pierre Nkurunziza
Burundis President Pierre Nkurunziza

According to Nkurunziza, Burundi will be “attacked” and citizens will have to “defend” themselves.
On Dec. 17, the AU Peace and Security Council issued a resolution on the deployment of 5,000 troops to prevent genocide or massive killings in the east African nation.

As far as the re-launch of the inter-Burundian dialogue in Entebbe, Uganda earlier this week, President Nkurunziza said the dialogue should have gathered Burundian citizens who are not accused of crimes.

“The Entebbe dialogue was a wrong beginning because the participants included people who participated in the May 13 failed coup plot,” said Nkurunziza.

He indicated that the government is against the Entebbe dialogue, adding that even the opposition unwelcomed the Entebbe meeting.

“The international community has to respect the dialogue process that has been initiated by the National Inter-Burundian Dialogue Commission (CNDI),” Nkurunziza said.

The Entebbe talks recommended that the inter-Burundian talks continue in Arusha, Tanzania as of Jan. 6, 2016.
With regards to relations between Burundi and Rwanda that are said to be deteriorating, Nkurunziza indicated that Burundi will always behave in such a way “to improve bilateral relations.”

The live program that took place in Gitega town, 102 km east of the Burundian capital Bujumbura, was held on the sidelines of a weeklong thanksgiving prayer that started last week on Saturday and which was organized by President Nkurunziza’s family. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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