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    EU Warns Burundi of More Sanctions

    A soldier patrols the streets after a grenade attack of Burundi's capital Bujumbura, Feb. 3, 2016. European Union foreign ministers say they are prepared to increase economic sanctions on Burundi which has been in a political crisis since July when President Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term.
    A soldier patrols the streets after a grenade attack of Burundi's capital Bujumbura, Feb. 3, 2016. European Union foreign ministers say they are prepared to increase economic sanctions on Burundi which has been in a political crisis since July when President Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term.
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    European Union foreign ministers say they are prepared to increase economic sanctions on Burundi which has been in a political crisis since July when President Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term.

    The EU ministers meeting in Brussels Monday said the European Union stands ready to impose sanctions against those in Burundi who have contributed to the country's violence as well as those who have hampered a political solution.

    However, the EU ministers said they would not suspend humanitarian aid to Burundi.

    Last year, the European Union imposed travel bans and asset freezes on four officials close to President Nkurunziza.

    Violence in Burundi began last April when President Nkurunziza announced he would run for a third term in office. Clashes between police and protesters and series of attacks in the capital, Bujumbura, have killed more than 400 people and sent hundreds of thousands fleeing the country.

    Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza is sworn in for a third term at a ceremony in the parliament in Bujumbura, Aug. 20, 2015.
    Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza is sworn in for a third term at a ceremony in the parliament in Bujumbura, Aug. 20, 2015.

    President Nkurunziza was re-elected last July in a poll boycotted by the opposition. His critics say he violated two-term limits in the constitution and the Arusha agreement that ended Burundi's civil war. The president said his first term didn't count against the limit because he was elected by parliament instead of a popular vote.

    The African Union has proposed deploying peacekeepers to Burundi, but President Nkurunziza has refused to accept them, saying Burundi would fight them as invaders.

    In December, the European Union invited Burundian officials to Brussels for formal talks to try to find a political solution to the crisis.

    "Despite all the efforts of the international community, the situation in Burundi remains deadlocked," EU foreign ministers said in a statement Monday.

    Some material for this report came from AP, AFP and Reuters.

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    by: Moses608 from: Kenya
    February 17, 2016 5:54 AM
    I do not know whether the sanctions will work at least for now.But what is so important is the Rwanda and Burundi should not be left a lone.Bravo Euro!!!.One group wants it to appear that it is tutsi-Hutu conflict-in actual sense it it.The other group wants to show the world that it isn't while in actual sense it is.The end result will be worse than what happened on that region in 1994.Please do not leave that region alone.

    by: Ann Garrison
    February 16, 2016 10:50 PM
    Grenades are thrown in Bujumbura, MSF treats 60 victims, and the EU threatens the Burundian government, which has absolutely no motivation to destabilize itself.

    by: Jumbo
    February 15, 2016 7:46 PM
    Euro, leave African countries alone. Always sanction and bomb. Mind your business

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