The African Union Commission could deploy a standby force to Burundi to prevent a “genocide” in the wake of escalating violence in the country.
A plan to call on the East African Standby Force as a contingency measure was discussed at the 565th African Union Commission Peace and Security Council meeting in Addis Ababa on Thursday, December 17.
Members of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) led by the director of the Peace and Security Department, El-Ghassim Wane, raised the urgent need for action to stop the killings in Burundi.
The PSC jointly agreed that “Africa will not allow another genocide to take place on its soil.”
Africa will NOT allow another Genocide to take place on its soil: #PSC Members reiterate.— African Union Peace (@AU_PSD) December 17, 2015
Meanwhile, the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui said on his Twitter page that there was “a very clear message coming out of the ongoing PSC meeting: the killings in Burundi must stop immediately.”
The PSC is preparing a final communique.
Eighty seven people were killed in clashes in Burundi on Friday as part of a “sweep operation”, according to the Burundian army.
The East African Standby Force is one of five regional forces comprising the African Standby Force. It includes personnel from Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.
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