Rwanda's Paul Kagame accuses Burundi leaders of 'massacres'

A file picture taken on April 16, 2015 shows Rwandan President Paul Kagame talking during a press conference with Ethiopia's Prime Minister at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Paul Kagame has accused Burundi's leaders of carrying out "massacres" on their people on November 7, 2015 in his most critical speech yet of the crisis in the troubled neighbouring state. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Kagame, speaking in Kigali during an awards ceremony, gave the speech before the end of a Burundi government deadline for civilians to surrender weapons, which has prompted international fears it will trigger further violence.
  • Burundi has been rocked by violence since April, raising fears it could slide back into conflict after its 1993-2006 civil war, when some 300,000 people died as rebels from the majority Hutu people clashed with an army dominated by the minority Tutsis.
  • Relations between Rwanda and Burundi are tense, with Bujumbura accusing Kigali of backing those who oppose Nkurunziza's controversial third term.

KIGALI, Sunday

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