Burundi political leaders urged to engage in dialogue

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Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, has been rocked by political violence for months. File Photo: Phil Moore/IRIN

The current crisis in Burundi can only be resolved through "credible and inclusive political dialogue," the UN Secretary-General has stated.

Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the recent resumption of talks between parties in the African country that were held in Uganda.

Since April, hundreds of people have been killed in Burundi following the decision by President Pierre Nkurunziza  to run for a contested third term.

More than 200,000 citizens have also fled to neighbouring countries.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Secretary-General’s comments came in a statement issued by his spokesperson.

Mr Ban commended Ugandan President Yoweri Musevini for facilitating the talks, which were held earlier this week in Entebbe.

He urged the parties in Burundi to engage constructively in order to address what he described as the "deep political challenges" facing the country.

Mr Ban called for political leaders to "demonstrate the highest sense of responsibility" by placing peace and national reconciliation above partisan interests.

He also welcomed all efforts by Burundi's partners aimed at bringing about a sustainable political solution to the crisis.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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