U.N. proposes options for sending police to Burundi, government OKs 20

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed sending between 20 and 3,000 police to Burundi, where political violence has been simmering for a year, but warned that the government signalled it would only accept 20 unarmed experts. In a report, seen by Reuters on Monday, Ban outlined three possible options for a police deployment to the small landlocked African state as requested by the 15-member U.N. Security Council in a resolution unanimously adopted earlier this month. Tit-for-tat attacks between President Pierre Nkurunziza’s security forces and his opponents have escalated since…

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EU warns Burundi of `measures` over violence

The European Union, strife-stricken Burundi`s biggest aid donor, on Monday warned the country could face “appropriate measures” if it does not remedy its human rights record. Burundi has been in turmoil since President Pierre Nkurunziza in July won a third term, which the opposition said was illegal and in breach of an accord ending a horrific 1993-2006 civil war which left 300,000 dead. EU foreign ministers said talks with Burundi under the Cotonou agreement, which lays down strict rules for mutual cooperation including the promotion of human rights, had failed…

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