Burkina Faso: Mediators deplore lack of dialogue after coup

2015-09-19 16:23
Senegal's president Macky Sall. (AFP)

Senegal's president Macky Sall. (AFP)

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Ouagadougou - Senegal President Macky Sall deplored a "lack of dialogue" as mediators entered a second day of talks on Saturday over Burkina Faso's coup in which an elite military unit overthrew the transitional government.

Sall, chairman of the regional Ecowas body, was to meet Saturday morning with members of the political party of Burkina Faso's ex-President Blaise Compaore, the longtime ruler whose ouster in an uprising last year gave way to a political transition to guide the country to elections next month.

That process was derailed when it was announced on Thursday that General Gilbert Diendere had seized power, a move condemned by former colonial power France, the United States, the United Nations and the African Union, which suspended the country Friday.

"There is a critical lack of dialogue among actors, and this will negatively affect national unity and cohesion," Sall warned in remarks late Friday night after a full day of meetings in the capital, Ouagadougou.

Diendere, a former top Compaore aide, said on Friday that he met with some members of the international community and was "considering meeting the different political parties very soon." But transition officials have insisted that the junta needs to leave.

"The mediators are here to help us find a compromise, but there are things that are non-negotiable," said transitional lawmaker Jean Hobert Bazie, who joined other lawmakers in calling for the return of transitional leader Michel Kafando.

Roadblocks were set up throughout Ouagadougou Saturday as members of the elite Presidential Security Regiment that carried out the coup tried to prevent protests.

The soldiers have fired on the demonstrators and Associated Press journalists saw the bodies of at least six victims at a morgue on Thursday. Unrest has flared in other regions of the country, with angry crowds burning the homes of some Compaore supporters.

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