Burundi officials skip crisis talks days before poll

center_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “The dialogue has not failed it is still on, we have only adjourned,” Kiyonga said. He said the mediation process had made progress in a few days by getting the government and the opposition to sit down and agree on what the issues are to be discussed, including restoring security and the refugee crisis.Burundi has been rocked by violence that has left more than 100 people dead. Over 144,000 people have fled the country since the ruling party announced President Pierre Nkurunziza’s candidacy in April.Interior Minister Edouard Nduwimana said that the government had skipped the dialogue because of statements made by the opposition about the need for democratic institutions, which he said suggested they hoped to take power through a coup.He told The Associated Press that the government had to discuss the opposition’s remarks with the facilitator before returning to the talks.The opposition, however, maintained that the government quit because discussions had shifted to the upcoming elections.“The government does not want to discuss the electoral calendar and wants to do everything according to its plan,” said opposition spokesman Jean Minani.Kiyonga said talks will continue even after the elections and the contentious issue of the president’s third term will still be in the agenda. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more