UN Security Council to hold emergency talks over Burundi crisis

Clashes continue after President Pierre Nkurunziza was prevented from returning home from Tanzania.

FILE: Members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will hold emergency consultations on Thursday to discuss the leadership crisis in Burundi. Picture: AFP.

BUJUMBURA - Members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will hold emergency consultations on Thursday to discuss the leadership crisis in Burundi.

Rival bands of soldiers continue to fight in the streets of Bujumbura, after President Pierre Nkurunziza was prevented from returning home from Tanzania.

He was attending a regional summit called to discuss the crisis triggered by his bid to get an unconstitutional third term in office.

President Pierre Nkurunziza is back in Dar es Salaam where he attended a regional summit that determined Burundi is not in any state to hold planned elections next month.

Former intelligence head Major General Godefroid Niyombare sacked by Nkurunziza this year says he has taken control in Burundi and suspended Parliament because of Nkurunziza's unacceptable bid to cling to power.

The armed forces head, General Prime Niyobango, insists the coup has failed and insists Nkurunziza continues to hold power.

In the streets outside their forces are fighting to settle this dispute.

At the same time, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has called on Burundi to exercise calm and restraint.

He says that country's leaders need to preserve peace and stability, and has reminded them that the country has suffered from violence in the recent past.