Burundi talks fruitful - presidency

2016-02-27 14:32
President Jacob Zuma in Bujumbura after a meeting with his Burundi's counterpart. (AFP)

President Jacob Zuma in Bujumbura after a meeting with his Burundi's counterpart. (AFP)

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Cape Town – A meeting by African leaders in Burundi has been fruitful and productive, the South African presidency said in a statement.

Five African heads of state, including President Jacob Zuma, met with Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza in Bujumbura on Friday to push for an end to the country's political crisis and 10 months of deadly turmoil.

The presidency said in a statement on Saturday the delegation was pleased that all parties had expressed strong commitment to resolving whatever political problems exist through inclusive and peaceful dialogue.

"We believe strongly that the solution to Burundi's political problems can be attained only through inclusive and peaceful engagement," the statement read.

The presidency said the Burundi government had agreed to continue the steps of opening up free political activity in the country, as well as freedom of the media.

The AU would also deploy 100 human rights observes and a further 100 military monitors to Burundi to monitor the situation.

A full report would be provided to the AU chairperson, Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno, the presidency said.

On Friday, it was reported that Zuma was stuck in Burundi after the government-owned presidential jet experienced problems.

"President Zuma was unable to leave Burundi when his aircraft, Inkwazi, developed technical problems," spokesperson Bongani Majola said in a statement. 

He was still there on Saturday morning.

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