The mediator despatched to Burkina Faso via West Africa’s major political and financial bloc ECOWAS, Mahamadou Issoufou, on Tuesday stated he was once happy via a gathering with the rustic’s new army chief Ibrahim Traore.
Issoufou added that the 15-member bloc would proceed accompanying Burkina Faso’s transition to constitutional rule after the rustic was once hit via its 2d army takeover this yr.
ECOWAS had again and again steered the junta that took regulate on Friday to admire a timetable agreed with their predecessors to go back to constitutional rule via July 2024.
“We had very profound exchanges. Very frank exchanges,” Issoufou instructed newshounds after assembly spiritual leaders and Traore within the capital Ouagadougou.
“I will be able to guarantee you that ECOWAS will stay with the folks of Burkina Faso … and the tough problem they face,” he added.
Burkina Faso’s govt launched a commentary announcing the assembly happened however supplied no additional feedback.
The assembly happened towards a backdrop of protests in Ouagadougou that compelled the delegation to stick on the airport relatively than trip to a convention corridor within the town middle for safety causes, a diplomatic supply stated.
Dozens of demonstrators blocked get right of entry to to the convention middle on Tuesday morning to forestall the assembly from happening, a Reuters reporter stated.
The crowds remained somewhat small and non violent.
However they adopted violent anti-France protests over the weekend that flared after Traore stated Damiba had taken shelter in a French army base, which France denied.
Some accused the bloc of siding with France, Burkina Faso’s former colonizer, and doing little to assist the rustic take on a rampant Islamist insurgency that has killed loads, displaced 1000’s, and driven besieged cities within the north to the threshold of famine.
Frustrations over rising lack of confidence spurred each the primary army takeover in January and the newest coup.