Tanzania supports plan to send 5,000 troops to troubled Burundi

Burundi’s security forces inspect a crime scene after three people, who attempted to assassinate a senior officer, were killed in Bujumbura on December 4, 2015. Tanzania has become the first East African Community member to openly support the deployment of peacekeeping troops to troubled Burundi, despite Bujumbura referring to the proposed mission “an invasion”. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The meeting between AU boss and Dr Mahiga, previously the United Nations representative to Somalia, signifies the urge of Tanzanian Government to end tension and bloodshed that has seen more than 190,000 Burundians flee into Tanzania, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
  • The AU has a policy of regional forces, meaning the East African Standby Force could be sent to Burundi.

Tanzania has become the first East African Community member to openly support the deployment of peacekeeping troops to troubled Burundi, despite Bujumbura referring to the proposed mission “an invasion”.

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