Young men hold a banner on the road that the convoy of the United Nations Security Council delegation took, in Bujumbura, Burundi Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. (AP Photo)
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U.N. Security Council diplomats told Burundi officials Friday that a crisis that has left hundreds dead had to be resolved by dialogue, after rebels raised the stakes by saying a general who led a failed coup in May was now leading their force.Diplomats from the 15-member council arrived in Burundi Thursday evening and are scheduled to meet President Pierre Nkurunziza later Friday.Regional Western diplomats say the government has set too many conditions about who can attend talks to make them meaningful.Burundi's 12-year civil war pitted what was then a army led by minority Tutsis against rebels from the majority Hutu ethnic group, including one led by Nkurunziza. Niyombare, a Hutu, had been part of Nkurunziza's rebel CNDD-FDD force.The government insists there is no ethnic bias, but opponents say districts of Bujumbura where many Tutsis live -- and which were also hotbeds of protest against Nkurunziza last year -- have been targeted with some Tutsis singled out.
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