Kenya urges warring Burundi leaders to embrace dialogue
18 November 2015, 21:35
Nairobi - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
on Wednesday urged Burundi to embrace dialogue to save the country from
plunging into a full-blown conflict.
Kenyatta encouraged President Pierre Nkurunziza to bring all
parties to the negotiating table to swiftly resolve the political impasse in
"The buck stops with President Nkurunziza. That is why
we are encouraging him to involve all parties in the search for a solution to
the conflict," he said when he held talks with visiting Special
Representative of the Chinese Government on African Affairs Zhong Jianhua in
"Peace and stability in Burundi overrides all other
issues. All parties must be brought on board to restore normalcy,"
Kenyatta added in a statement issued after the meeting.
Burundi has been rocked by months of violence, which began
when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided in April to run for a third term. He
won a disputed and widely boycotted election in July.
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The UN Security Council last week asked Ban Ki-moon, the
secretary-general, to report within 15 days on options for boosting the UN
presence in Burundi amid growing concern that the violence could spiral into an
Scores have died in protests and killings and hundreds of
thousands have fled Burundi since Nkurunziza said he would seek a third term, a
move the opposition said violated the constitution and a peace treaty that
ended fighting in 2005.
Zhong who is in Nairobi to discuss the situation in Burundi
said China has vast interests in the region and is increasingly becoming
concerned about the conflict in Burundi.
The Chinese Special Representative on African Affairs added
that the deteriorating situation in the East African country was a threat to
development in the region.
He called on President Nkurunziza to be more receptive to
dialogue in the search for a solution to the Burundi conflict.
Zhong assured that China and the international community was
ready to provide the support needed to resolve the Burundi conflict