Burundi called on to resume political dialogue

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Burundians arriving in Rwanda after fleeing pre-election violence earlier this year. File Photo: UNHCR/Kate Holt

A call for restraint, leadership and vision to end the ongoing political impasse and instability in Burundi has been made by a team of international envoys.

The envoys said that after months of unrest and violence in the Great Lakes country, talks between the Burundian government and opposition parties can begin to restore credibility.

Maria Carlino reports.

A team of special envoys from the UN, the United States, the African Union and the European Union said violence will not end Burundi's political crisis and have called for its immediate end.

The team condemned the recent killing of a senior general and attacks on a journalist and well-known human rights defender.

The envoys also commended calls for calm.

They said that a dialogue that brings about a political resolution is the "best route" to encourage the safe return of refugees and prevent regional instability.

Insecurity following presidential elections last month and pre-election violence in Burundi have forced more than 200,000 people to flee the country.

Maria Carlino, United Nations.

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