Talks aimed at bringing peace to Burundi resume in Uganda

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Jamal Benomar. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Talks aimed at bringing peace to Burundi resumed Monday in Uganda.

Yoweri Museveni, the Ugandan President and East African Community mediator, is leading the negotiations just outside Kampala.

Hundreds have been killed in Burundi this year, following the announcement by Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza that he would run for a third term.

Veronica Reeves has the story.

Representatives of the Burundian government, the opposition and civil society have all gathered for the talks, aimed at bringing nearly nine months of conflict to an end.

The UN Special Advisor on Burundi, Jamal Benomar, spoke at the meeting.

He said that with the support of the international community, the people of Burundi must find their way to peace.

"Burundians are the ones who will live with the consequences of the decisions they make. They have the prime responsibility for finding a way forward for the future of their country. This must be a nationally led and owned effort which we as the international community stand ready to support."

Mr Benomar recalled that Burundi had gone through "difficult times before", but that it also had a long history of dialogue.

He urged participants to learn from these past experiences in order to find common ground to end the current conflict.

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