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Special envoy sent to Burundi to spark political talks

The United Nations says its intervention is aimed at preventing a full scale civil war.

FILE: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has sent a special envoy to Burundi to start political talks, following the killing of 90 people at a military base by armed militia.

The UN says its intervention is aimed at preventing a full scale civil war.

They've been clashes in recent days in the capital, Bujumbura over the president's third term.

The UN Security Council calls for an inclusive dialogue in the East African country, designed to end the violence sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's taking of an unconstitutional third term at the helm.

UN Chief, Ban says the chilling dissent into violence has sparked has brought it to the brink of civil war.

He sending special representative Jamal Benomar to speak to parties in Burundi about securing an inclusive dialogue to avert the violence threatening to engulf the region.