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Burkina Faso: Ban meets with transition President Kafando to discuss situation in country

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Burkina Faso: Ban meets with transition President Kafando to discuss situation in country

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Le Secrétaire général Ban Ki-moon avec le Président du Burkina Faso, Michel Kafando. Photo ONU/Amanda Voisard
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meeting with Michel Kafando, Transitional President, Burkina Faso. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

 In a meeting today with Michel Kafando, the Transitional President of Burkina Faso, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his sympathy for the lives lost and the many injured during the coup d’état that took place on 16 September 2015.

According to a readout issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, the Secretary-General and President Kafando exchanged views on the current situation in Burkina Faso.

The Secretary-General also reiterated his call on all national stakeholders to act responsibly, exercise restraint and work in the best interests of the country, while reaffirming the UN’s commitment to supporting national efforts, including for the organization of the elections.

In this regard, the Secretary-General stressed that it would be essential to ensure the early holding of peaceful and credible presidential and legislative elections to allow for the swift return of constitutional order in Burkina Faso.

In addition, the UN chief expressed appreciation for Burkina Faso’s continued commitment to peace and stability in Mali as a member of the International Mediation team and as a troop contributor to the UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA.