KIGALI, Rwanda – Rwanda's government says it plans to relocate Burundian refugees to other countries following accusations that it is harboring and training rebels opposed to the Burundian government.
Rwanda is currently hosting about 75,000 refugees who fled violence in Burundi following President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term last April.
The Burundian government has accused Rwanda of training and arming rebels, charges Rwandan President Paul Kagame has vigorously denied.
Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said in a statement Friday that her government will immediately begin working with partners in the international community to plan the orderly and safe relocation of Burundian refugees to third countries.
Mushikiwabo said "the refugee exodus is troubling. It also exposes refugees to increased threats from forces at home and compromises lasting political solutions."