The EU condemns the coup in Burkina Faso

(B2) The High Representative of the EU, Federica Mogherini, condemned in no uncertain terms, in a press release published this morning, the coup that is currently taking place in Burkina Faso. " The sequestration of the President of the transition as well as other ministers, jeopardizes the Transition and the way towards the elections of next 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 for 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 statement to the press adopted unanimously yesterday, condemned the detention of the transitional president, the Prime Minister and members of the government and demanded that they be " released safe and sound and immediately ". He requested that all the protagonists " respect the timetable for the transition, in particular the holding of free, fair and credible elections, scheduled for 11 October ».

No French intervention except for evacuation

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