Burundi Parties Agree to Talks; Government to Free DetaineesBy
Burundi’s government has agreed to release 1,200 people it has detained, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said after a meeting with President Pierre Nkurunziza in the capital, Bujumbura.
The ruling and opposition parties have also agreed to sit down and negotiate an end to the deadly violence that begun with Nkurunziza’s decision in April to seek a third term, a move critics say was unconstitutional. About 440 people have been killed in the landlocked nation that’s home to 6 percent of the world’s nickel reserves.
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