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U.N. warns of Burundi civil war fears

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 01:27

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon warns Burundi is teetering on the brink of civil war. Paul Chapman reports.

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Last week's violence as insurgents attacked military camps in the capital was the worst Burundi has seen since a failed coup in May. Nearly 90 people died in the ensuing violence. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is calling for urgent talks amid fears the country's on the verge of civil war. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON SAYING: "What we have seen over the past few days is chilling. The country is on the brink of civil war that risks engulfing the entire region." The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. says the organisation's not doing enough to prepare for the worst. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, SAMANTHA POWER, SAYING: "There is no dialogue and no contingency planning. I shouldn't say there's none. There is insufficient contingency planning." U.N. human rights watchdogs say Burundi's security forces have responded to the insurgent attacks with house searches, arrests and alleged summary executions. Burundi's government rejects the criticism. The renewed violence pits supporters of the president against those who say his decision to seek a third term in office violates deal to end the country's 12-year civil war in 2005. So far battle lines have followed the political divide but Western powers and regional nations fear it could reopen old ethnic rifts between the majority Hutus and minority Tutsis.

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U.N. warns of Burundi civil war fears

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 01:27