President Museveni opens talks on Burundi crisis.

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President Museveni has appealed to the Government and the warring parties to sit down and find a political solution to the crisis in Burundi. Speaking at the opening of the Burundi peace talks at State house Entebbe, President Museveni the chief revealed that Uganda will privately send a team to Burundi to investigate reports of extrajudicial killings which he said would not be tolerated. The president explained the late entry into the crisis, saying he did not want to interfere with internal affairs of Burundi.

Mr. Jamal Benomor the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Burundi said only a genuine and inclusive dialogue can enable Burundi find a solution to the fighting that has left many dead. He pledged the UN Security Council support to the talk under the auspices of the president of Uganda. EU Special Envoy Mr. Koen Vervaeke said they were concerned by the ongoing displacement of people as a result of the fighting adding that they would like to see an immediate end to the crisis.

The talks are the first step towards ending tension in Burundi after months of political unrest in the capital Bujumbura with the worst killings three weeks ago that left nearly 90 people dead.
At least 240 have been killed since Burundi’s crisis began in April with more than 200,000 people having fled the country. The violence was sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial decision to run for a third term in office.