AFRICA/BURUNDI - President Nkurunziza promises Ban Ki-moon an "inclusive dialogue" with the opposition

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 armed groups  

Bujumbura (Agenzia Fides) - "We will see if the visit of the UN Secretary General will lead to a positive change in the political crisis", say local sources from Bujumbura to Agenzia Fides, where UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met with President Pierre Nkurunziza, the leaders of the opposition and representatives of civil society. President Nkurunziza announced in a meeting with Ban Ki-moon of committing himself to an "inclusive dialogue" with the opposition.
In Burundi, however, violence continues. At least 6 people were killed yesterday in different attacks with grenades both in the capital Bujumbura and within the Country. "Two soldiers died in the capital and two representatives of civil society were also killed", said Fides sources. "We do not know who the perpetrators of these attacks are, they can be military, intelligence, pro-government militias or rebel groups. Militias and rebels commit attacks and other crimes and then try to attribute them to the opposite party in order to remove the consent of the population. The problem here is that everyone is armed. For this reason we need to find a political solution to end the crisis", say our sources. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 23/02/2016)