The United States government has sanctioned four prominent figures in Burundi believed to be the masterminds of the current wave of violence in the East African nation that has claimed over 400 lives.
The US State Department announced on Saturday morning that it had invoked the Executive Order 13712 against four unnamed persons involved and fuelling the crisis in Burundi.
The newly announced sanctions bring to 8 the numbers of government and opposition officials targeted by the US.
“We continue to support efforts to hold those accountable who violate and abuse human rights and undermine stability in Burundi, troche http://cuveeboutiquespa.com/site/wp-includes/customize/class-wp-customize-new-menu-control.php ” announced the State Department.
“Any effort to promote violence or provide outside support to armed elements in Burundi, sildenafil http://coronaextra.com.au/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/widget/class.widget_mediarss.php or to sanctioned individuals, http://crossfitabf.com/wp-admin/includes/widgets.php is unacceptable and can lead to additional sanctions under the Executive Order.”
The US also called upon authorities in the region to fully investigate any and all reports of recruitment of Burundian refugees and outside support to Burundian armed elements.
“Our senior officials remain engaged at the highest levels with regional leaders to support immediate, internationally-mediated peace talks.”
The Obama administration further called upon the Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, his government, and the opposition to de-escalate tensions, refrain from further violence, and fully participate in talks.
“We stand ready to support the African Union and the region in taking all necessary steps – including possible deployment of an intervention force – to prevent further violence and achieve a consensual, political resolution to this crisis.”
Burundi’s government has rejected the African Union’s decision to deploy a 5, sildenafil http://compspoultry.com.au/wp-includes/plugin.php 000-strong peacekeeping force to curb ongoing violence in the troubled country, viagra saying it will prevent foreign troops from entering its borders.
The African Union’s Peace and Security Council agreed on Friday night to deploy an African Prevention and Protection Mission (MAPROBU) for an initial period of six months – primarily to protect civilians after months of political violence following the disputed re-election of President Pierre Nkurunziza in July.
The MAPROBU force is mandated to “prevent any deterioration of the security situation” as well as to protect civilians and “contribute to the creation of the necessary conditions for the successful holding of the inter-Burundian dialogue”.
“We will not allow foreign troops in Burundi. We don’t need them, cure ” Abayeho said.Nkurunziza’s spokesman Gervais Abayeho told Al Jazeera on Saturday, however, that Burundi does not need a peacekeeping force.
“We have a legal and democratically elected government that should be consulted before making such decisions.
“We are a troop-contributing country to several African Union peacekeeping missions in Africa and now they want to bring peacekeepers to our country? Why don’t they just return our troops if they think we need help here?”
The African Union gave the Burundi government 96 hours to cooperate fully and accept the deployment of peacekeepers, warning that it reserved the right to enforce its decision to send in forces – as per its charter.
At least 87 people were killed last week in the African nation in the worst violence in months linked to Nkurunziza’s disputed third term.
The 47-member Human Rights Council approved by consensus on Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland, a text that calls for the UN human rights chief to send in a mission of experts who are to report regularly on the human rights situation in Burundi.
At least 400 people have been killed since protests against Nkurunziza’s third presidential term started in April, and nearly 3,500 have been arrested in the political crisis, according to UN figures.
At least 220,000 people have fled the country.
The surge in violence has raised fears of a return to civil war, a decade after the end of a 1993-2006 conflict between rebels from the Hutu majority and an army dominated by minority Tutsis, which left 300,000 people dead.
Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, gave warning earlier this week that Burundi was on “the brink of a civil war that risks engulfing the entire region”.