The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) wants to understand the circumstances of the incident that occurred in a position of the Burundian army last November.
The organization has delegated Tuesday a team in Burundi. As can be seen in the order of mission established on 1 December by Colonel Léon Mahoungou, Commander of the ICGLR Extended Verification Mechanism.
During this mission, which began on Tuesday and ends on December 10, the delegation will travel to Kibira, to the border with Rwanda.
It is here that a position of the Burundian army was wiped out in mid-November, a surprise attack that claimed the lives of more than eight soldiers. Bujumbura pointed at the Rwandan neighbor, which Kigali denied by referring to « fanciful accusations ».
It remains to be seen whether the mission will clarify this affair, which risks further poisoning the already tense relations between the two neighbors who have almost everything in common: history, customs and so on.
The ICGLR comprises eleven Member States: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.