Tuesday, June 23, 2015

EU warns of sanctions over violence in Burundi crisis - Yahoo News

EU warns of sanctions over violence in Burundi crisis - Yahoo News: "A grenade attack killed four people on Sunday. President Pierre Nkurunziza's opponents say his bid for another five years in office is unconstitutional, while he cites a court ruling that found he could run.

 It is the worst political crisis since Burundi emerged from ethnically fueled civil war in 2005. The unrest has worried a region with a history of ethnic conflict, particularly next door Rwanda, where there was a genocide in 1994.

"The EU is determined to adopt, if necessary, targeted restrictive measures against those whose actions might have led or might lead to acts of violence and repression and serious human rights violations," EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg said in a statement.

 The European Union funds about half the annual budget of Burundi, one of the world's poorest nations, and diplomats have said in the past donors would seek targeted sanctions rather than broad steps that could harm the population.

 But EU ministers warned that the situation could push them to consider reviewing broader relations between Burundi and the EU, comments suggesting some aid could be suspended."

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