Burundi shuts borders with Rwanda

Burundi shuts borders with Rwanda

Burundi has closed its borders with Rwanda after accusing its neighbour of funding RED-Tabara rebel attacks.

Last December Red Tabara, a Burundian rebel group, killed 20 people near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame denies the charge, but Burundi’s government has branded him a “bad neighbour”.

“We have stopped ties with him until he changes,” said Burundi’s Interior Minister Martin Niteretse.

Burundian President Évariste Ndayishimiye made the accusation in December following the attack.

The Rwandan government responded that it “regrets the unilateral closure of the border by Burundi”, according to AFP.

It said the border closure was an “unfortunate decision” which violated the principles of regional cooperation and the integration of the East Africa Community.

The government of Rwanda has confirmed regrets about the decision of the government of Burundi to close the borders between the two countries.

The statement said that this decision is inappropriate because it restricts the free movement of people and goods between the two countries and violates the principles of regional cooperation and interaction of the East African Community.

“The government of Rwanda has learned through the media report that the unilateral decision was made by the government of Burundi to close its border with Rwanda again.” Rwanda Said.

 

THE RWANDA SUN

Christian NGIRINSHUTI

Christian NGIRINSHUTI

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