A confidential report to the UN Security Council accuses Rwanda of recruiting and training Burundian refugees with the aim of overthrowing Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza, Reuters news agency is reporting.
The report, by UN-appointed experts who monitor sanctions on the Democratic Republic of Congo, alleges that training was carried out in a forest camp in Rwanda, Reuters says.
The experts said in the report that they had spoken with 18 Burundian combatants in eastern DR Congo’s South Kivu province, according to the news agency.
“They all told the group that they had been recruited in the Mahama Refugee Camp in eastern Rwanda in May and June 2015 and were given two months of military training by instructors, who included Rwandan military personnel,” Reuters quotes the report as saying.
Rwanda’s ambassador to the UN dismissed the accusations contained in the report, accusing the UN’s panel of experts of overreaching their mandate.
Burundi has been hit by unrest since April, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he was running for a third term, which he subsequently won.
He survived an attempted coup in May, and four ex-generals have been sentenced to live in prison for plotting to overthrow him.