Burkina Faso Crisis: Coup Juntas Should Disarm To Avoid Bloodshed – ECOWAS
The extraordinary session of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), has ended in Abuja with a resolution that the coup Juntas in Burkina Faso should disarm to avoid further bloodshed in the country.
They also called on the rest of the Army in Burkina Faso not to use force on the coup plotters in order to avoid loss of lives in the country.
The statement was contained in a communique at the end of the summit hosted by Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari in Abuja.
Briefing Journalists on the outcome of the meeting, the Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr Kadre Ouedragogo, said that they had also decided to dispatch a six man high committee composed of the Head of State of the ECOWAS member state to go to Ouagadougu on Wednesday to reinstall Kafando as the interim President.
President Buhari setting the tone, was grateful to the ECOWAS Chairman, Macky Sally and the President of Benin Republic for their effort so far in the mediation effort.
The ECOWAS Chairman, who spoke in the French language, told the military junta to immediately hand over to an interim administration pending the elections which he said should be shifted to November 21 instead of October 11.
He was said to have also suggested that amnesty should be granted to the juntas if that would bring about peace in the country.
At least 10 people had been killed in the clashes since the coup, which was widely condemned by the AU, UN and other arms of the international community.