António Guterres strongly denounced “any attempt to grab power by the force of arms” in Burkina Faso. He urged all parties to “refrain from violence and seek dialogue”. The head of the UN also pledged his full backing to regional initiatives to hasten the restoration of constitutional order.
According to reports, Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba, who overthrew the nation’s democratically elected president in January, was ousted from office on Friday after “failing to end the terrorist violence” that violence that compelled 2 million people to flee their homes. Capt. Ibrahim Traore allegedly announced it on national television.
In a statement released by his spokesperson, António Guterres strongly denounced “any attempt to grab power by the force of arms” and urged all parties to “refrain from violence and seek dialogue.”
The head of the UN also pledged his full backing to regional initiatives to hasten the restoration of the nation’s constitutional order.
He stated that to combat terrorist organizations and criminal networks functioning in some country sections, “Burkina Faso needs peace, stability, and togetherness.”
Mr Guterres reaffirmed the UN’s dedication to supporting the Burkinabe people in their pursuit of long-lasting peace and stability.
Gunfire was reportedly heard on Saturday in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, and numerous streets are still blocked due to “extraordinary” military activity.
As a result of the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe, nearly one-fifth of the population of Burkina Faso needs assistance.
More than 1.5 million people have left Burkina Faso due to the country’s rising instability as of June this year. Children make up over two-thirds of the displaced population.
Analysis by: Advocacy Unified Network