Nearly thirty co-accused arrive at the Appeal Court in Gitega sitting as Burundi's Supreme Court, for the verdict on January 15, 2016 in Gitega, near the capital Bujumbura. / AFP / STRINGER
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The United Nations Security Council travels to Burundi Thursday in a bid to quell political violence in the tiny African state amid fears it may slide back into ethnic conflict.Some council members hope to persuade President Pierre Nkurunziza to accept a 5,000-strong African Union peacekeeping force to end violence that has rattled a region where memories of the 1994 genocide in neighboring Rwanda are still raw.Burundi's civil war that ended in 2005 had pitted the army, at the time led by minority ethnic Tutsis, against rebel groups of the majority Hutus, including one led by Nkurunziza.Burundi's government dismisses charges of ethnic violence, and says it adheres to ethnic quotas in government that were established by the peace deal that ended the 12-year civil war.
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