Burundi government will not attend planned peace talks

| Updated Apr 02, 2017 at 7:00pm



The government in Burundi has announced that it will not attend the latest efforts at peace talks in neighbouring Tanzania, eroding hopes of a negotiated settlement to the country's violent political crisis.

In a statement, a Spokesperson for the government, Philippe Nzobonariba said his outfit did not send negotiators to Arusha, Tanzania because it cannot negotiate with people pursued by Justice.

He added that some members of the opposition delegation are wanted back home for alleged offenses against the state.

Burundi's government also opposes the presence of UN Special Adviser, Jamal Benomar at the Arusha talks.

The country has been plagued by violence since April 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided he would seek a disputed third term, which he later won.