The African Union’s Peace and Security Council [PSC] has vowed not to allow another genocide take place on African soil.
The decision was reached at the 565th meeting held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia to discuss the escalating violence in Burundi.
In his brief to the meeting, El-Ghassim Wane, the Director, Peace and Security Department, African Union Commission, suggested the deployment of an East African Standby Force in Burundi if things get out of hand.
“Africa will NOT allow another Genocide to take place on its soil,” members reiterated.
PSC Members also exchanged views on the situation in Burundi and the urgent need for action to stop the killings.
At the summit, Burundi regained its seat in PSC.
Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, the UN’s human rights commissioner, has reiterated the UN secretary general’s comments about Burundi.
Reuters news agency quotes him as telling a special session of the UN Human Rights Council: “Burundi is at bursting point, on the very cusp of a civil war”.
He called for a robust response from the international community, including travel bans and asset freezes, Reuters says.
According to BBC, a special meeting of the UN Human Rights Council on the escalating violence in Burundi is under way in Geneva:
Ahead of the gathering, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned the country was on the brink of a civil war which risked engulfing the entire region.
He said the violence in Burundi over the past few days was “chilling” and that he would be sending his special adviser to Burundi for urgent talks with the government.
The US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, said the UN was not acting quickly enough to address the crisis.