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Obama calls for end to violence in Burundi

In addition to the death toll, tens of thousands have fled to neighboring states during months of violence.

FILE: US President Barack Obama. Picture: AFP.

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama called on leaders and citizens in Burundi to end violence that has killed at least 240 people, in a video statement on Saturday.

"To Burundi's leaders: now is the time to put aside the language of hate and division," Obama said. "And to all Burundians: remember what you can achieve when you stand together," he added.

In addition to the death toll, tens of thousands have fled to neighboring states during months of violence that began when Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, decided in April to run for a third term. He won a disputed election in July.