Op­po­si­tion par­ties boy­cott peace talks

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Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of five op­po­si­tion par­ties that par­tic­i­pated in Bu­rundi’s gen­eral elec­tion boy­cotted the sec­ond round of peace talks in the north­ern Tan­za­nian city of Arusha on Tues­day.

Di­a­logue in Bu­jum­bura last year be­tween the gov­ern­ment and op­po­nents failed to bridge dif­fer­ences, and talks me­di­ated by Uganda ear­lier this year also swiftly stalled. The five par­ties were un­happy over the de­ci­sion of the me­di­a­tor, for­mer Tan­za­nian Pres­i­dent Ben­jamin Mkapa, to in­vite Bu­run­di­ans ac­cused of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions and in­volve­ment in an at­tempted coup against Nku­run­z­inza in May 2015.

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