AU Threatens Sanctions if Burundi Factions Shun Peace Talks

The African Union has threatened to place sanctions on Burundi's rival political factions if they fail to attend peace talks next month, as it pushes all sides to resolve their differences and avert more violence.

AU Commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said sanctions could be placed on anyone "whose action could jeopardize the inter-Burundian dialogue," including attacks by armed groups or refusal to communicate with the talks' mediator.

Representatives of the government and the political opposition are slated to meet January 6 in Arusha, Tanzania, to discuss ways to avoid more of the political violence that has plagued the country since late April. READ MORE OF THIS STOR Y ON VOA NEWS ONLINE

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