We are not going for Tanzania Peace-Talks to ‘Negotiate’ with Opponents—Burundi


Burundi’s government is only attending peace talks in Tanzania this weekend to hold discussions with mediators and won’t meet other factions in the country’s 13-month crisis, a presidential spokesman said.

“There is nothing to negotiate” at the meetings in the city of Arusha that are due to start May 21, Willy Nyamitwe told reporters late Wednesday in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura. The East African nation’s main opposition coalition, Cnared, said on its Facebook account that it hasn’t been officially invited to the three-day talks.

Landlocked Burundi has been rocked by violence that’s killed more than 470 people since President Pierre Nkurunziza decided in April 2015 to stand for re-election, a move his opponents said was unconstitutional.