KIGALI, Rwanda, Aug. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- United Nations Secretary General's special representative for Central African region, Abdoulaye Bathily, has consulted Rwanda's President Paul Kagame on the Burundi crisis.
Abdoulaye Bathily was in Rwanda's Capital Kigali on Thursday August 6 to seek advice from President Kagame on the deteriorating security situation in Rwanda's neighbouring country, Burundi.
"Top on our meeting with President Kagame was the crisis in Burundi. What is happening there is giving a bad image on Africa," Abdoulaye told KT Press.
Kagame in April expressed concern over the situation in Burundi, which has forced over 70,000 refugees to seek safety in Rwanda.
Despite the violence, and an aborted coup, President Kagame believes Burundi has the capacity to solve its own problems. "But we are here to assist," he said early in April.
Tensions have escalated in Burundi, following the assassination of President Pierre Nkurunziza's intelligence aide and the shooting of a top human rights activist, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, who had publicly voiced his opinion against President Nkurunziza's controversial bid for a third term.
The United Nations envoy says such retaliation "is a danger to the Burundian people." He called for global action in calming the violence.
"If no action is taken, the situation might turn volatile. We need to collectively look at the interests of Burundians," Abdoulaye told journalists.
Burundi and Rwanda have a lot in common, including culture and social political settings.
The UN envoy seeks advice from Kagame, who has considerable experience in managing similar critical situations. Kagame stopped a crisis in his own country, Rwanda, by putting an end to the Genocide in 1994 and successfully bringing peace back to the region.
Abdoulaye Bathily said his talks with President Kagame also focused on security issues and regional integration, among others.
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