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BURUNDI PEACE TALKS BEGIN IN ENTEBBE, UGANDA

ENTEBBE, The dialogue on the Burundi peace process has resumed in Uganda in a continuation of consultations undertaken earlier in July 2015 in the Burundi capital of Bujumbura.

The talks, which were scheduled to start at 9 am, began two hours late. Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, appointed as regional mediator, chaired the talks held in Uganda's presidential palace in Entebbe, just outside the capital, Kampala.

In July, East African Community (EAC) leaders meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, tasked President Museveni to lead Burundi's peace process a following the violence that broke out after President Pierre Nkurunziza changed the Constitution to enebale him to seek a third presidential term.

Since April 2015, the situation in Burundi has taken uncontrollable dimensions with extra judicial killings and displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.

Key parties in attendance say the resumption of talks in Uganda is critical and that it is appropriate for a quick return of peace in Burundi.

"I hope that and I wish that this resumption of the dialogue to be genuine and to produce good fruits which can give confidence to Burundians and the region as well," said Opposition and National Liberation Forces leader Agathon Rwasa.

The government of Burundi is represented by a delegation led by the Minister of External Relations and International Co-operation, Alain Aimé Nyamitwe.

The main opposition leaders, religious leaders, civil society organizations, women associations as well as the European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) officials are also attending the meeting

Source: SABC

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