Uganda To Resume Fresh Burundi Peace Talks

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In short
The talks, scheduled to kick off on December 28, will be chaired by President Yoweri Museveni, who was appointed mediator by the East African Community, and held in Arusha, Tanzania.

The government has said it will re-convene fresh talks between the Burundi government and rival political factions later this month.
The talks, scheduled to start on December 28 will be chaired by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who was appointed as the mediator by the East African Community.

Defence Minister, Dr. Crispus Kiyonga told the media in Kampala today that the resumption of the talks stems from the rising violence in Burundi, which recently saw at least 87 people killed in clashes with the Burundi military in Bujumbura.
Responding to questions on why Museveni did not fast track the talks, Kiyonga says the delay was due to failure by the parties in Burundi to reach consensus on negotiations in order to quell the rising tension in the country.
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The parties expected to take part in the dialogue include the Burundi government, opposition members, civil society and the business community among others.
Kiyonga saids the dialogue will be hinged on a ten-point document  formulated to guide the negotiations.
Key in this document is discussions on the implementation of the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement signed in August 2000 to end 12 years of civil war in Burundi's independence in 1960.
Key in the agreement was the proposal for a power sharing formula based on minority over-representation and coalition-building, as well as equitable participation of all parties in government.
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The African Union on Thursday announced a plan to deploy 5000 peacekeepers as part of the standby force to protect civilians, without Burundi's consent. However, Burundi government says this should be done legally.
Uganda says at least 100,000 refugees fleeing violence in Burundi are expected and will be received and resettled in Nakivale and Kyaka settlements.


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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.