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Fear As Burundi Peace Talks Collapse

There are reports that talks to resolve the ongoing crisis in Burundi have ended inconclusively.

They say that the negotiation parties have failed to agree on the key issues that sparked the crisis.

Burundi media reports that some of the issues under consideration included the release of political prisoners and the push to drop arrest warrants for opposition leaders.

Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa, who is the facilitator of the talks, said there was “no agreement, no declaration and no binding document”.

He told the delegates that their views have been summarised in what he called a “facilitator’s summary” which will be presented to the talks’ mediator, President Museveni of Uganda.

Burundi has been rocked by a political crisis since 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza refused to step down after his term ended, leading to protests which turned violent.

BBC

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