Burundi’s President agrees to inclusive dialogue

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza agreed to begin inclusive dialogue to end a months-long political crisis in the central African nation.

“I was very encouraged that the political leaders whether they are …in government or the ruling party or opposition, they promised that they will engage in inclusive dialogue. This is what President Nkurunziza also confirmed,” Ban told a news conference in Bujumbura.

Violence began in April after Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term.

Burundi has repeatedly accused Rwanda of backing rebels intent on overthrowing the government in Bujumbura. Kigali has denied the accusations.

 

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