People attend the funeral ceremony for Welly Nzitonda, the son of human rights defender Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, on November 10, 2015 in Bujumbura, Burundi. AFP PHOTO / LANDRY NSHIMIYE
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The European Union mission in Burundi is temporarily making a small reduction in staff and pulling out foreign family members due to the rising risk of violence, the EU envoy said Friday.The U.N. Security Council Thursday asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to report within 15 days on options for boosting the U.N. presence in Burundi because of concerns that violence could spiral into an ethnic conflict."The delegation will continue functioning normally," EU Ambassador Patrick Spirlet told Reuters, citing the "rising risk of violence" for reducing some staff and sending family members away.He did not say how long the mission was expected to operate with reduced staff.
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