Outraged over Reported Detention of Burkina Faso Leaders, Secretary-General Calls for Immediate Release

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16 September 2015

Outraged over Reported Detention of Burkina Faso Leaders, Secretary-General Calls for Immediate Release

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is outraged by reports of the detention of President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida of Burkina Faso, as well as a number of Ministers of State, by the Régiment de Sécurité Présidentielle today in Ouagadougou.  The Secretary-General calls for their immediate release.  This incident is a flagrant violation of Burkina Faso’s Constitution and Transitional Charter.

The United Nations stands firmly behind the transitional authorities and President Kafando.  The Secretary-General notes the strong support of the people of Burkina Faso for a peaceful transition and urges compliance with the transitional calendar, including the upcoming elections.

His Special Representative for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, is presently in Ouagadougou and working closely with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union and other international partners to support and safeguard the transition in Burkina Faso.

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