Addis Ababa: The African Union says it is preparing to send 5000 peacekeepers to Burundi to protect civilians caught up in a growing crisis, for the first time using powers to deploy troops to a member country against its will.
Burundi dismissed Friday’s announcement, saying no foreign force would get in without permission. But its neighbours have grown increasingly alarmed about the violence in the central African state, which the United Nations says is on the brink of civil war.
Tensions have been running particularly high since gunmen attacked military sites in the capital, Bujumbura, last week, unnerving a region where memories of the 1994 genocide in neighbouring Rwanda are still raw.
The African Union’s Peace and Security Council said it had drawn up plans for the force, to be called MAPROBU, and had asked the UN Security Council to give it the final clearance it needed to get boots on the ground.
Full article: African Union to send 5000 peacekeepers to tackle Burundi crisis (The Age)