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Burundi may not come to the party on AU peace talks, says Du Plessis

State leaders and diplomats gathered at the African Union (AU) summit which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, over the weekend.

The summit considered the status of peace and security in the continent, and freelance journalist Carien du Plessis said that Burundi peace talks present complex challenges for the continental body.

In his final address, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told African leaders that peacekeepers would be deployed into Burundi, but the AU later decided otherwise.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

The issue about Burundi is complex. It seems the final decision was that peacekeepers would only be sent if the Burundian government agrees.

Carien du Plessis, freelance journalist

It was agreed that a high-level panel would go speak to Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza to convince him to make more space for negotiations and talks between opposition parties.

Carien du Plessis, freelance journalist

Its very difficult because Nkurunziza perceives opposition parties to be terrorists and doesn't want (them) to engage with him.

Carien du Plessis, freelance journalist

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