President Yahya JammehThe West African nation of The Gambia lead African countries that oppose sending peacekeepers to Burundi.

The country’s dictator Yahya Jammeh told journalists that some African states oppose sending peacekeepers to Burundi without its consent after it said that would be seen as an invasion.

“It is not only Burundi that is resisting that idea,” Jammeh told reporters at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa when asked if there was opposition to the plan for peacekeepers. He did not name any nations.

Asked if Gambia was among them, he said: “Without the consent of Burundi, yes.”

Rifts in Africa about whether to deploy the 5,000-strong force will worry Western powers and others, who fear Burundi will slide into ethnic conflict if there is no intervention.

The African Union’s Peace and Security Council announced the plan for the force in December, but Burundi swiftly rejected it.

Source: Reuters