Deploying AU force without Burundi approval 'unimaginable': top AU official

By AFP

"It has been, I think, bad communication. It was never the intention of the African Union to deploy a mission to Burundi without the consent of Burundian authorities," Ibrahima Fall, AU Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region, said.

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The African Union will not deploy peacekeepers to troubled Burundi unless Burundi's government agrees, the AU special representative for the region told French radio RFI on Sunday.

"It has been, I think, bad communication. It was never the intention of the African Union to deploy a mission to Burundi without the consent of Burundian authorities," Ibrahima Fall, AU Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region, said.

"This is unimaginable," the Senegalese diplomat added.