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In a statement delivered at the opening of the 26th Ordinary Session of the African Union Executive Council on Monday Jan. 26th, Carlos Lopes, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, (UNECA), called upon the International Financial Institutions to cancel external debts owed by Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The three countries have endured dramatic suffering as a result of the Ebola Virus Disease, Lopes told the meeting.

The AU We Want Coalition, a group of civil society organization, warned the African Union (AU) that “the situation in Burundi is spiraling out of control, with hundreds of civilians killed or disappeared, due to the ongoing political impasse over moves by President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term in June.”