Situation in Burkina Faso
Paris, November 6, 2014
France supports the efforts of ECOWAS to facilitate a civilian-led and consensus-based transition in Burkina Faso.
We welcome the visit to Ouagadougou by Ghana’s president, who is the current president of ECOWAS, accompanied by his Nigerian and Senegalese counterparts. It provided an opportunity to bring the parties together, enabling them to reach an agreement on the framework of the transition: The suspension of the constitution should be lifted; a civilian figure must be appointed by consensus in order to preside over the transition and a transitional government must be formed for a period of one year. Presidential and parliamentary elections should be conducted by November 2015.
France supports this framework which should allow Burkina Faso to resolve the crisis, in accordance with the spirit of the constitution. It urges the parties to continue their consultations in order to appoint a government and a transitional president as swiftly as possible.
We commend the personal commitment of the heads of state of the region, who are meeting in Accra today, as well as the appointment of President Macky Sall as head of the Contact Group and Representative of ECOWAS.