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African Union must do more to resolve Burundi crisis- PAP

Friday 6 May 2016 20:03

Tumaole Mohlaoli

The Pan African Parliament (PAP) calls for more decisive action from the AU in Burundi.

The Pan African Parliament (PAP) calls for more decisive action from the AU in Burundi.(SABC)

The Pan African Parliament (PAP) has called on the African Union (AU) to do more to resolve the Burundi crisis.

More than 450 people have been killed in Burundi since violence broke out a year ago.

The crisis began when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced in April 2015, plans to run for a third term of office.

The PAP heard presentations from a delegation of members who visited the country as part of a fact finding mission last year.

Burundi officials warn that the on-going crisis could see a return of the ethnically charged civil war.

Now the PAP is calling on all sides in the conflict to put the people of Burundi first.

"Maybe we should look at that as an African people to see maybe that the element of independence prevails in that one. It is true that as politicians we can interpret and exploit these problems but what is very, very important is that we put the lives of the people at the fore-front," says PAP Rapporteur Victor Hlatshwayo

Parliamentarians tabled a report from a recent on the embattled country, in it they are calling for more intense African mediation to resolve the conflict.

"We have the AU but as Pan-Africans let’s stand together. Where is Ubuntu? The world is in turmoil and we're not going to allow our people to die just like that so there is a need for follow-up visits," says T.C Memela; PAP Veterans Member

PAP officials have warned against the international criticism of President Pierre Nkurunziza, saying it will only fuel tensions.

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