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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Troops could be sent to Burundi if Crisis Worsen - UN

Following the recent violence in Burundi, Key western powers and the UN are discussing the possible deployment of international peace keepers to the troubled African country, if the crisis spiral into a full-scale ethnic conflict.

More than 200 have been killed and tens of thousands have fled to neighbouring countries, during months of violence that began when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a third term in office in April this year. He went on to win the disputed election in July.

The United Nations warned on Monday that Burundi could be facing imminent catastrophe with violence in danger of escalating to atrocities. Burundi said it was "not in flames" and there should be no concerns about an impending genocide.

The U.N. Security Council is due to vote on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. (1715 GMT) on a French-drafted resolution that would ask U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to report back on options for boosting the U.N. presence in Burundi.

"We anticipate unanimity," a council diplomat said on condition of anonymity.

A U.N. peacekeeping spokesman said several options were being looked at as part of contingency planning. U.N. diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United Nations, the United States, Britain and France had discussed the planning.

"The use of MONUSCO assets and personnel has been mentioned as one possible option," said the U.N. peacekeeping spokesman, referring to the nearly 20,000-strong U.N. mission in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

I just wonder if Africa will ever get it right, EU and other western countries are advancing in technology and boosting trades and their economy while we in Africa fail to get just elections right..

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