U.S. fears Burundi ultimatum will trigger violence this weekend

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Posted: Nov 05, 2015 12:33 PM

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The president of Burundi's five-day ultimatum for people to hand over illegal firearms or be treated as enemies of the state may spark extensive bloodshed in the coming days, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Thursday.

"The United States is alarmed by the escalating violence in Burundi and dangerous, irresponsible rhetoric on the part of the government, loyalist militias, violent anti-government forces and criminal elements," U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said in a statement.

"The United States expresses its extreme concern that the five-day ultimatum issued by the president will trigger widespread violence beginning this coming weekend," she said.

(Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Michelle Nichols)