France suspends security co-operation with Burundi: diplomat

2015-05-26 20:58
Police in Bujumbura, Burundi. (AP)

Police in Bujumbura, Burundi. (AP)

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Bujumbura - France has suspended its security co-operation with the crisis-hit central African nation of Burundi, a French diplomat told AFP on Tuesday.

The source said aid to the country's police and defence establishment had been halted amid a crackdown on protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial bid to stand for a third consecutive term.

The decision throws even more pressure on Nkurunziza, who is facing international criticism, a refugee crisis and even survived a coup attempt earlier this month.

France currently helps the Burundian army with training for international peacekeeping missions - which are very lucrative for the impoverished country's armed forces.

France also helps train the Burundian police, who have been engaged in a violent crackdown against street demonstrations.

Read more on:    pierre nkurunziza  |  burundi  |  france  |  burundi 2015 elections  |  east africa

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