Burundi: the African Union to deploy a force waives immediate

The African Union has waived Sunday immediately send a peacekeeping force for peace in Burundi, prey to a deadly political crisis facing the reluctance of several African heads of state and frontal opposition Bujumbura .
Saturday appointed the new chairman of the continental body, Chadian President Idriss Déby had scratched his audience: “We meet too often, we always talk too much, we still write a lot, but we do not act fairly and sometimes not the all”.
On Burundi, one of the priorities of the 26th AU summit ended Sunday, the heads of state have chosen to focus the discussion with Bujumbura and postpone sending a “stabilization mission” of 5,000 men whose the principle had yet been officially recorded in mid-December by the AU.
This force was to halt the cycle of violence in Burundi raising fears of large-scale massacres and even genocide, in the small Great Lakes countries of Africa marked by a bloody civil war (300,000 dead) between 1993 and 2006.
– “No intention to attack” –
Heads of state, anxious for some not to create a precedent, namely the sending of a military force in a country without its approval, therefore agreed to dispatch a “high level delegation” to discuss with the Burundian government.
It is not known the composition of this delegation.
“If Burundi accept it, it will be a force for disarmament of the militias, the protection of civilians in cooperation with local police forces, facilitating the work of observers of human rights,” pleaded the Commissioner the AU Peace and Security Smail Chergui.
“There is no will neither to occupy nor to attack,” he tried to reassure Mr Chergui, adding that the AU mission was “to give some peace to everyone.”
But the Foreign Minister of Burundi, Alain Aimé Nyamitwe, who said he was satisfied with the decision of the AU, has somewhat dampened hopes.

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