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AU to impose sanctions on Burundis factions If

From BBC

(elbcradio.com/DEC. 31, 2015) -The African Union (AU) has threatened to impose sanctions on Burundi’s rival political factions if they fail to attend peace talks next month.

The AU is pressing all sides to resolve their differences and avert more violence.
Au Commission Chief, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said sanctions could be placed on anyone “whose action could jeopardize the inter-Burundian dialogue.”

Madam Dlamini Zuma said jeopardizing the dialogue includes attacks by armed groups or refusal to communicate with the talks’ mediator.

Representatives of the government and political opposition are slated to meet January 6, 2916 in Arusha, Tanzania, to discuss ways  to avoid more of the political violence that has plagued the country since late April this year.

But, government and opposition are at odds about how to resolve their differences. The two parties met Monday of this week in Uganda.
The Burundian government has rejected the African Union’s plan to send 5,000 peacekeepers to Burundi to protect civilians.


 

 


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