AU now mulls deploying troops to Burundi to avert possible genocide

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  • The task of checking this possibility had been given to the Director for Peace and Security at the AU, Mr El-Ghassim Wane from Mauritania, who on Thursday presented “contingency plans” for an African Force to Burundi.
  • Currently, the Force is technically an organisation of military experts rather than a grouping of soldiers even though countries like Kenya have been training soldiers jointly with the rest for some time.
  • EASF, though, has so far helped to provide regional military advice, observer missions and fact finding missions in member countries like Somalia where it has augmented the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) Forces in logistics, training and medical support.

The African Union’s top security organ on Thursday discussed the possibility of deploying an emergency Force comprising Kenyan soldiers meant to protect civilians in Burundi.

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