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UN envoy meets Rwandan president over security situation in Burundi

KIGALI, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- A UN envoy on Thursday met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame over the current security situation in Burundi.

Abdoulaye Bathily, the Special Representative and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa, has been recently appointed to help mediate peace talks in Burundi.

After the meeting held in Rwandan capital, Kigali Bathily reiterated the UN Secretary-General's condemnation of the current violence in Burundi

Mr. Bathily continues to hold consultations with political parties, civil society and religious organizations, government officials and the diplomatic community, with the view to reconvene the political dialogue as soon as possible.

After meeting with the Rwandan leader, Bathily also expressed his concern that the situation in Burundi was accumulating "the well-known and visible marks of a society which previously suffered divisions leading to grave violence."

"Currently the humanitarian crisis caused by the escalating political tensions in Burundi has worsened, and uptick in the number of refugees seeking asylum and a deterioration in health conditions at refugee camps receiving them," he told reporters in Kigali.

In the meanwhile, the UN special envoy also told the Rwandan that he remained concerned about the peace and security situation in Burundi.

He pledged to continue working with leaders from the region and the international community to find a solution to the long-drawn crisis in Burundi.

The African Union has also called for the deployment of an international force to avert a humanitarian tragedy in Burundi.

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza won the third term in an election that was condemned by the opposition and the international community, which triggered violence in the tiny Central African nation.

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