Burundian protesters hold banners as the US ambassador to the United Nations (not seen) arrives at Bujumbura airport on January 21, 2016. / AFP / GRIFF TAPPER
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The African Union said Thursday it was determined to end the crisis in Burundi as it readies for a key summit where leaders face an unprecedented vote on deploying a 5,000-strong peacekeeping force.Burundi vehemently opposes any outside military force, but Aisha Abdullahi, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, said she was "optimistic" it would be pushed through.A two-thirds majority will be required to send the force, the African Prevention and Protection Mission in Burundi (MAPROBU) although it remains unclear who would be willing to contribute troops to a mission Burundi has branded an "invasion force".
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