Burundi's fighting sides to meet in Uganda

Burundi's fighting sides to meet in Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Burundi's fighting sides are to meet on December 28 in Uganda to discuss the country's deadly political unrest, Uganda's defense minister said Saturday.

Fourteen groups including Burundi's ruling party, opposition parties and civil society organizations are to attend the talks aimed at ending the violent political unrest in which hundreds have been killed, said Crispus Kiyonga, who is also the facilitator of the peace talks mediated by the East African Community.

Dialogue on the Burundi crisis will resume under the facilitation of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, he said.

The East African Community appointed Museveni the mediator of the Burundi talks on July 6 and on July 14 and 15 he went to Bujumbura to meet with various parties but the country's security situation has continued to deteriorate.

The news of fresh negotiations on Burundi comes after the European Union head of delegation to Uganda Kristian Schmidt said on Thursday that the EU was giving $450,000 to facilitate the talks.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield met Museveni on Wednesday in Entebbe, four days after she told a U.S. Senate panel that the Ugandan president's campaign for re-election next year has distracted him from his role as mediator of the Burundi crisis.

Updated : 2021-04-12 06:57 GMT+08:00