Thursday, September 17

UN, AU, ECOWAS demand release of Burkina Faso PM, others



The Economic Community of West African States, African Union and United Nations, which jointly chair the International Follow-up and Support Group for the Transition in Burkina Faso, have condemned the abduction by the presidential guards, of the President of Burkina Faso, Michel Kafando, the Prime Minister, Yacouba Zida, and transitional Ministers.


They criticised the action of the guards which occurred on Wednesday during the Ministerial Council meeting at the Presidential Palace in Kossyam and called for the immediate release of the officials.

The three organisations in a joint statement on Thursday strongly condemned what they called the gross violation of the Constitution and the Charter of the Transition.

They demanded that the defence and security forces submit to the political authorities and in this case, the transition government.

“ECOWAS, African Union and United nations call for the immediate release of the hostages. They emphatically state that the abductors will answer for their actions and will be held responsible for any physical harm to the President of Burkina Faso, the Prime Minister and other persons being held hostage,” the statement added.

The three organisations reaffirmed their full support to the Transition at this critical time, for the conclusion of its mission with the conduct of elections scheduled to hold on October 11, 2015.

They reiterated their determination, in support of the national authorities, to spare no effort in ensuring the successful completion of the transition process in Burkina Faso.

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