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Nkurunziza Expected In Uganda For Last Deal With Opposition

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Nkurunziza Expected In Uganda For Last Deal With Opposition

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza could for the first time leave his country to hold final round of talks with the opposition in Kampala, Uganda.

Nkurunziza last left his country in May 2015 for regional talks in neighbouring Tanzania when his military attempted to overthrow his government but the coup was foiled after fierce battles between rival army factions.

The UN Security Council recently criticised the slow progress in talks between Burundi’s government and the opposition.

His office has not yet confirmed whether Nkurunziza will risk flying out of his country to Uganda to strike a deal with opposition.

Foreign Affairs Minister Ezechiel Nibigira said, “We are preparing to take part in the fifth round of talks. Burundi thinks this will be the final round of talks,” He said.

Former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa is mediating these talks.

However, according to Mkapa the Burundi government has refused to hold talks with some opposition groups that it brands terrorists.

Mkapa has organized this fifth and last round of talks in the last week of September, seen as a final chance for a negotiated settlement, in Entebbe town, Ugandan.

On Wednesday the UN cautioned that elections in Burundi must be “free, fair, transparent, peaceful and fully inclusive, with the participation of all political parties,” and ensure the full participation of women.

The fourth session of Burundi political dialogue, held in late 2017 without the participation of the opposition in exile, ended without agreement.

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