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US, S.A tell Burkina soldiers to give up seized power


OUSTED: Kafondo and Zida

The United States of says it is deeply concerned about the unfolding events in Burkina Faso.

In a Press Statement released by John Kirby, Department Spokesperson Washington, DC, the US called for the immediate release of President Kafando, Prime Minister Zida, and all other officials being held.

“The United States strongly condemns any attempt to seize power through extra-constitutional means or resolve internal political disagreements using force.”

“We call for an immediate end to violence, urge the military personnel involved to return to their primary mission, and reaffirm our steadfast support for the civilian transitional government to continue its work of preparing for free, fair, and credible elections on October 11.”

Earlier, the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said the incident is a flagrant violation of Burkina Faso’s Constitution and Transitional Charter.

Ban noted 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.

Coup leaders name head of transitional council

According to Reuters, leaders of a coup in Burkina Faso have named Gilbert Diendere, a general in the elite presidential guard, to head a transitional council, the soldiers said in a statement broadcast on state-run television on Thursday.

The statement also announced the closure of the West African nation’s land and air borders as well as the implementation of an overnight curfew.

South Africa speaks

In a statement issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, South African Government expressed concern over the Republic of Burkina Faso.

The government of President, Jacob Zuma, noted with concern political developments in the Republic of Burkina Faso, following the holding hostage of the President of the Interim Council, as well as the Prime Minister, members of his Cabinet and other leaders, by the Presidential Security Regiment.

“South Africa strongly condemns any attempt to seize power through extra-constitutional means or the resolution of political disagreements through the use of force.”

“South Africa calls for the immediate release of Interim President Kafando, Prime Minister Zida and other leaders, and appeals to the people and all political leaders in the country to refrain from any violent activities that may further undermine peace, security and stability in the country.”

“We urge all involved, including Burkina Faso’s security forces, to adhere to non-violence, and to debate issues in a peaceful and inclusive manner.”

The statement released by Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, also advised all South Africans living in or visiting Burkina Faso to register on the ROSA system and stay away from all protest sites.

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