UN chief condemns any attempt to seize power with weapons – Global Issues

Captain Ibrahim Traore reportedly appeared on national television on Friday to announce that Lieutenant Colonel Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba, who overthrew the country’s democratically elected president in January, had been removed from power “after no end was the terrorist violence” 2 million people to flee their homes.

In a statement published by his spokesman, António Guterres strongly condemned “any attempt to seize power by force of arms” and called on all actors “to refrain from violence and engage in dialogue”.

The UN chief also expressed his full support for regional efforts for a swift return to constitutional order in the country.

“Burkina Faso needs peace, stability and unity to fight terrorist groups and criminal networks operating in parts of the country,” he said.

Mr Guterres reaffirmed the United Nations’ commitment to accompany the people of Burkina Faso in their efforts for lasting peace and stability.

Ongoing crisis

Gunshots were heard on Saturday in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, according to media reports, and many streets have been blocked by “unusual” military activity.

Burkina Faso continues to face a humanitarian crisis, with nearly a fifth of the population in need of assistance.

More than 1.5 million people have been displaced in Burkina Faso since June this year, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs as a result of increasing insecurity in the country. Nearly two quarters of the displaced are children.

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