Burundi rivals welcome UN bid to end violence

2015-11-13 15:55
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Nairobi - Burundi's government and opposition on Friday welcomed a UN resolution calling for urgent talks to pull the country from the brink of "possible genocide" as European nations advised their citizens to leave.

"To us, it is quite favourable," Foreign Minister Alain-Aime Nyamitwe said of the UN plan, which includes the possibility of peacekeepers being deployed.

Burundi's opposition Cnared coalition also expressed "satisfaction" at the resolution.

Cnared spokesperson Jeremiah Minani, who like many of the group has fled into exile, said it was the first resolution "that recognises the seriousness of the crisis" facing Burundi.

The European Union on Friday said it would "evacuate temporarily" the families of staff in Burundi while Belgium's foreign ministry advised its citizens to leave.

A foreign ministry spokespersonsaid that around 500 Belgians were currently in Burundi.

The EU said it would reduce its staff "to an essential level" but that its office would continue to operate normally.

Burundi descended into violence after President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a controversial bid for a third term in April. At least 240 people have been killed and more than 200 000 have fled the tiny landlocked nation.

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