Burundi’s main opposition group said on Wednesday it had not been invited to long-stalled peace talks aimed at solving a year-long crisis, demolishing hopes the meeting could help strike a deal.
Talks were expected to run from May 21-24 in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha, but the key umbrella opposition group CNARED was not invited, its spokesman Pancrace Cimpaye said.
The Burundian government refuses to sit with key opponents who it accuses of involvement in last year May’s failed coup and of months of violence, including grenade and rocket attacks.
Hundreds have been killed and a quarter of a million people have fled Burundi since President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial decision in April last year to run for a third term, a vote he won amid opposition boycotts in July.
One year after violence swept Burundi, 260,000 cannot go home and people continue to flee.