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Burundi Leader Stands Firm: No AU Troops, He Tells Visiting Envoys

Burundi’s president remained firm Friday in his rejection of an African Union-proposed peacekeeping force to help restore calm to his country. “The people decided through the National Assembly,” President Pierre Nkurunziza told a visiting delegation of the U.N. Security Council. He said the African Union “must respect Burundi as a member state and we must be consulted” on the matter. Last month, the African Union announced it would deploy a 5,000-strong “prevention and protection”...

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