The United Kingdom has called for an end to the violence that has rocked Burkina Faso and urged for dialogue to resolve the deadly uprising.
UK Minister for Africa Tobias Ellwood said the UK government supports a peaceful transition in the West Africa nation and called on all sides to embrace dialogue to resolve the standoff ouster of President Blaise Compaore and taking over power by the army.
“We are deeply concerned by the violence which has taken place in Ouagadougou, seemingly as a result of government plans to amend the Constitution of Burkina Faso so that the incumbent President can seek another term after 27 years in office,” said Ellwood.
He added that the UK reiterates its support for the African Union Charter and for peaceful and democratic transfers of power. “We urge all parties to exercise restraint, to adhere to non-violence and to return to dialogue to resolve this issue,” he said.
Burkina Faso has plunged into deadly violence after President Compaore’s 27 years rule ended abruptly after days of mass protests. President Compaore wanted to amend the constitution to extend his rule.
The army selected Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida as transitional leader, overriding an earlier claim by the army chief of staff.
But there have been signs of discontent with the appointment as thousands gathered in the capital Ouagadougou to demand a return to civilian rule in line with the West African country’s constitution.
United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs