The United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution which now sanctions the deployment of UN police force in Burundi.
Drafted by France, the new UN resolution calls on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to draw up a list of options for the proposed UN police presence within the next15 days.
But before the dictates of the resolution comes into play, the Mr Ban will have to consult the Burundian government about the proposed force but President Pierre Nkurunziza has initially expressed opposition to an intervention by the UN or the African Union.
Enveloped by civil strife which started when President Nkurunziza declared for a third term and controversially contested in an election which he won last year, there is concern the violence could grow into ethnic conflict in the region with more than 400 people killed since the unrest started.
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