UN Agree To Send Police To Burundi

The United Nation’s Security Council has agreed to send its police force to Burundi in other to subdue the violence and human right abuses in the country.

More than 400 people have been killed in unrest since President Pierre Nkurunziza said he would run for a third term in office last April.

More than 200,000 people have fled their homes.

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“Given an increase in violence and tension, the Security Council must have eyes and ears on the ground to predict and ensure that the worst does not occur in Burundi,” French UN Ambassador Francois Delattre told Reuters.

“This is a strong act of preventative diplomacy,” he added.

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The government of Burundi earlier warned that it would agree to no more than 50 UN police officers.

Diplomats are now negotiating how to implement the UN Security Council’s resolution.

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Although both Burundi’s opposition and government forces are ethnically mixed, some fear that the violence could descend into a repeat of the genocidal killings which the country has previously experienced.

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