EU demands Burkina coup leaders lay down arms 'unconditionally'

2015-09-22 13:37

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Brussels - EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini demanded on Tuesday that coup leaders in Burkina Faso lay down their arms "unconditionally" as regular army troops entered the capital and began talks on a surrender deal.

"The EU calls for every effort to be made to avoid armed clashes. It demands that the RSP (presidential guard) lay down their arms immediately," Mogherini said in a brief statement.

Soldiers from the powerful RSP presidential guard regiment loyal to ex-leader Blaise Compaore seized interim president Michel Kafando and top officials last week, plunging the impoverished west African country into turmoil ahead of elections on October 11.

A popular uprising ousted Compaore late last year after 27 years in office when he said he wanted another term. A transitional government was put in place to organise elections.

On Tuesday, Burkina Faso army troops entered Ouagadougou without resistance and began negotiating the surrender of the coup leaders, who released Kafando and his prime minister.

"We must now secure the surrender of the [coup leaders] without gunfire or bloodshed," Colonel Serge Alain Ouedraogo, deputy head of the Burkinabe police, told AFP.

The 28-nation EU is one of the top aid donors to landlocked Burkina Faso, a former French colony.

Read more on:    eu  |  blaise compaore  |  michel kafando  |  burkina faso  |  west africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.