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N°: 197/2014
2 November 2014 [Abuja-Nigeria]

ON THE JOINT MISSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS, AFRICAN UNION AND ECOWAS TO OUAGADOUGOU FOLLOWING THE EVENTS OF THE LAST FEW DAYS IN BURKINA FASO

  • A joint mission of the United Nations, African Union and ECOWAS visited Ouagadougou from 31st October to 1st November 2014, following the events witnessed in the country over the last few days.
  • During its stay in the country, the mission held discussions with all stakeholders on the situation and its development over the last few days, with a view to finding a peaceful resolution to the crisis.
  • During its discussions with all stakeholders, the mission emphasised the important role that Burkina Faso plays and will continue to play in efforts to ensure global peace and security as well as political stability within the region and the continent at large, particularly with its active participation in peace keeping and mediation processes.
  • The African Union, ECOWAS and the United Nations are ready to work with all stakeholders to ensure a rapid return to the respect of constitutional norms.
  • The mission encouraged all stakeholders to work towards the respect of human rights and to ensure that the transition is managed in a manner that ensures the respect of individual choices, thereby ensuring and guaranteeing the protection of the rights of all Burkinabès, including members of the government, the ousted National Assembly and the outgoing President.
  • To that end, the mission appealed for the restoration of security for the people, an end to acts of vengeance and witch haunting, and for a guarantee of the security of both citizens and foreigners, as well as that of their property and public property.
  • The mission expressed delight at the professionalism and discipline of the security forces of Burkina Faso, particularly in their management of the crisis and encourages them to sustain the cohesion among the security forces and ensure that the constitutional provisions for a smooth transfer of power are properly respected, while strictly adhering to the relevant ECOWAS, African Union and United Nations standards.
  • Notwithstanding the peculiar situation presently facing the country, the mission requested the various national stakeholders and particularly the military hierarchy to take measures to ensure that the transition institutions conform to constitutional standards.
  • The mission insisted on the need to strengthen dialogue between all political and non-political stakeholders. It called for the government and administrative machinery to be put back on track as quickly as possible, so as to ensure continuity in public services. This is particularly important at a time when the Ebola virus is ravaging the sub region and member States must take necessary measures to prevent its further spread.
  • The mission commends the spirit of citizenship demonstrated across the country over the last 48 hours, noting that the people of Burkina Faso possess the necessary resources to move forward in a peaceful and orderly manner. By its presence, the mission assures the country that the international community is neither passive nor indifferent to the fate of Burkina Faso and its people.
  • Burkina Faso has given so much to the International Community and deserves in return, to enjoy international support and solidarity during these difficult times.

 Done at Ouagadougou, this day, Saturday, 1st November 2014

 For ECOWAS

Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo

President of the ECOWAS Commission

 

For the African Union

Aisha Laraba Abdullahi,

Commissioner for Political Affairs, African Union Commission

 

For the United Nations

Mohamed Ibn Chambas

Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for West Africa and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa

 

 

 


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