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AU Ready to Send Troops to Burundi

The African Union has pledged swiftly to deploy a military peacekeeping force in Burundi and also to pressure a last Hutu rebel movement to stop holding out against negotiations, President Pierre Buyoya said Tuesday. “We presented three requests concerning Burundi and I should say that the meeting (of the African Union) responded positively,” Buyoya said on his return from the first AU summit, held in Addis Ababa. The requests were for the rapid sending of military observers, with the deployment of an African Mission peacekeeping force and “pressure on the National Liberation Forces (FNL), who haven’t yet come to the negotiating table,” Buyoya said. Full Story

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