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EU official condemns coup d’Etat in Burkina Faso

Brussels, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday condemned the coup d'Etat in Burkina Faso that led to the overthrow of President-elect Roch Kabore.

The EU calls all actors for calm and harmony and requests the immediate release of those persons illegally detained, included President Kabore, emphasized Borrell, who also urged the “immediate” return to the constitutional order in the African country.

Later, the head of European diplomacy regretted the suspension of the constitution and institutions by members of the armed forces grouped under the so-called Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration, and stressed his respect to the republican institutions.

The EU remains “attentive” to the position and decisions adopted by the Economic Community of West African States, which strongly condemned the coup, with a view to finding a favorable solution to the situation, said Borrell, who regretted that the talk did not prevail to seek solutions to the national security issues and the humanitarian situation in the country.

Burkina Faso has been experiencing violence since 2015 attributed to groups allied to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, which caused more than 1.5 million internally displaced people, according to the Government.

This is the fourth coup dEtat the West African region is suffering, following two occurred in neighboring Mali in August 2020 and May 2021.


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