EU suspends financial support to Burundi's government

European Union suspends its financial support to government of Burundi due to peace talks' between EU and Burundi remaining inconclusive

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

A soldier stands between demonstrators and riot police facing off in the Musaga district of Bujumbura

Updated Mar 15, 2016

The European Union has suspended its direct financial support to the government of Burundi after the bloc concluded that it had finished peace talks with Burundian government to find a political solution for the conflict that left more than 400 dead.

The top body of 28 EU nations, released a statement on Monday, saying that it had finished negotiations with Burundian government and declared that commitments vowed by Bujumbura to be done were insufficient to satisfy EU concerns.

EU funds generate nearly half of Burundi’s annual budget and has also imposed sanctions on Burundians officials close to President Pierre Nkrunziza.

Neven Mimica, the EU Commissioner for international cooperation and development, said that the EU remained to provide pledged emergency assistance and it was making projects to insure basic services for Burundian people but without cooperation with Burundian government.

The EU decision will be reviewed at least two times in a year.

A protester sets up a barricade during a protest against Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura.

Burundi Crisis

Burundi has been in a cycle of violence since President Pierre Nkurunziza’s victory in a disputed election following his decision to seek a third term despite a constitutional two-term limit.

More than 400 people have been killed and about 3,500 arrested in Burundi, under the government crackdown, since April last year, according to the United Nations figures. Also more than 240,000 people fled to neighbouring countries, fearing a possible genocide.

There was a civil war in Burundi from 1993 to 2005 and approximately 300,000 people died in the conflict between rebels from the country's majority Hutu population and an army dominated by the Tutsi minority.

The African Union and United Nations previously warned of possible tribal war and genocide in Burundi.

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