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  • on 29.04.2015
  • at 12:08 PM
  • by Kevin Hind

AU sends special delegation to defuse Burundi situation 0

The African Union says it will be sending a team of envoys to Burundi to help “defuse current tension.” The decision was reached on Tuesday evening after a meeting of AU’s Peace and Security Council members, following chaos that have rocked Burundi since its current President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would be standing for a third term.

AU Commission Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the team, whose number was not immediately given, will help identify “practical measures” in resolving the crisis in Burundi.

“We are sending a high-level AU delegation to help defuse situation in Burundi,” she wrote on her Twitter page on Tuesday evening. Accused of looking on, the AU Peace and Security Council met on Tuesday to assess the situation in the East African Community’s poorest member after chaos erupted on Saturday.

Burundian Envoy to AU Alain Aime briefed the sitting which was chaired by Mozambican representative to the AU Manuel Jose Gonclaves. Burundi is a member of the AU Council but the Burundian representative was not allowed to sit through ‘deliberations.’

“(The Council is) gravely concerned at incidents in Burundi in [the] past few days; deeply deplores loss of human lives and strongly condemns all acts of violence,” it stated in a summary statement on Tuesday.

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“PSC notes with concern the flow of populations towards neighbouring countries due to the prevailing situation in Burundi resulting fears. “AUPSC appeals to humanitarian organizations to provide all necessary support to populations affected by events in Burundi,” the Council added in a series of tweets.

The ten-member AU body mimics the UN Security Council in its objectives for peace, security and stability but its substantive decisions must mostly be approved by the AU assembly.

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