Burundi: President threatens to fight African peacekeepers

| January 4, 2016

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Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza threatened last week to fight any African Union (AU) peacekeepers in his country.

The AU said in December that it was ready to send 5,000 peacekeepers to protect civilians caught up in months of violence. It would be the first time that the AU invoked powers to intervene in a member state against its will.

In comments broadcast on state radio, President Nkurunziza said, “Everyone has to respect Burundi’s borders.”

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Photo: Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza speaks during a news conference in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 17, 2015. Credit:  REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic