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UN Security Council to adopt resolution against violence in Burundi

 

The UN Security Council is expected to unanimously adopt on Thursday a French-drafted resolution aimed at ending violence in Burundi that many fear could escalate into Rwanda-style mass killings.

The measure would put in motion UN plans to bolster the international presence in Burundi, possibly with the deployment of peacekeepers after months of turmoil.

The council is set to convene at 12:15 pm (1715 GMT). French diplomats said they expected unanimous support for the draft resolution from the 15-member council.

Burundi has been rocked by killings, torture and illegal detentions since President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a controversial bid to prolong his term in office in April.

At least 240 people have been killed and more than 200,000 Burundians have fled the country.

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