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AU not ready to deploy troops to Burundi: Analyst

Wednesday 27 January 2016 08:35

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 ISS says the AU mission needs financial assistance to carry put peacekeeping assignments.

ISS says the AU mission needs financial assistance to carry put peacekeeping assignments.(REUTERS)

Chairperson of the Institute for Security Studies, Jakkie Cilliers says African countries are divided over the deployment of African Union (AU) peacekeepers to Burundi.

Burundi is set to be at the top of the agenda at the upcoming AU summit in Addis Ababa later this week.

This after President Pierre Nkurunziza objected to a proposed AU peacekeeping force imposed on his country.

South Africa is likely to be part of the mediation efforts.

Speaking on AM Live, Cilliers says the AU is not ready to deploy its troops to conflict areas on the continent, such as Burundi.

“What is interesting see, is if the AU at the assembly will take a decision to impose a peacekeeping force on Burundi.”

Click below to listen to the full interview.

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