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The EU condemns the coup in Burkina Faso

(B2) The High Representative of the EU, Federica Mogherini, unequivocally condemned, in a press release published this morning, the coup which is currently taking place in Burkina Faso. “ The sequestration of the President of the Transition as well as other ministers endangers the Transition and the path towards the elections of October 11 she says. " Any attempt to oust the authorities of the Transition by force or action against the peace and security of the country have been condemned by the entire International Community ". And the EU calls for the immediate release of those detained and respect for the Transition and the general interest ».

Release and respect of the electoral calendar

A message developed in many European capitals as well as at the United Nations. On the initiative of France, the UN Security Council, in a press statement adopted unanimously yesterday, condemned the detention of the transitional president, the Prime Minister and members of the government and demanded that they are “ released safe and sound and immediately ". He requested that all the protagonists " respect the transition timetable, in particular the holding of free, fair and credible elections, scheduled for October 11 ».

No French intervention except for evacuation

The French army, which has a contingent of around 200 men on site - mainly special forces - as part of the anti-terrorist operation Barkhane, does not intend to intervene in this conflict, François Hollande indicated this morning. Unless an emergency evacuation operation for French, European or foreign citizens proves necessary. In the meantime, precautionary measures have been indicated to various nationals in the Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).