Troubled Burundi tops agenda as African leaders meet

Journalists and police look at weapons seized during an operation in the Musaga neighborhood of BujumburaAfrican leaders meet Saturday in a bid to end armed crises, including in troubled Burundi, with an unprecedented vote on deploying a 5,000-strong peacekeeping force despite Burundi’s vehement opposition. While the official theme of the African Union (AU) meeting is human rights, leaders will once again have to deal with a string of crises across the continent when they open two days of talks at the organisation’s headquarters in the Ethiopian capital. AU Peace and Security Council chief Smail Chergui warned “the stakes are indeed high”, but Burundi remained defiant in its opposition to a mission it calls an “invasion force”.

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