The difficult political situation in Burundi was the focus of attention at the 26th Summit of the African Union (AU), which concluded yesterday January 31, in Addis Abeba.
Attending the meeting which began January 30 were 50-some high ranking delegations from African nations, in addition to UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon, and European Union representatives, among others.
The leaders negotiated the acceptance by authorities in Bujumbura of an AU peace mission, which would also discuss reconciliation with the country’s President, Pierre Nkurunziza, PL reported.
The military mission would have as its objective the disarmament of rebel militias, collaborating with the police to protect civilians, and facilitate the work of international observers, according to AU Security Council President Smail Chergui.
Burundi’s Foreign Minister Alain Aimé Nyamitwe, said that Gambian President Yahya Jammeh rejected the idea of a AU peace force.
Political instability in the country over the last six months has cost the lives of 400 people, and obliged more than 250,000 to flee to countries around the Great Lakes region, such as Ruanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the United Nations.