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EU Threatens Action After Military Coup in Burkina Faso

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The EU warns the military who have claimed power in Burkina Faso that there will be “direct consequences for our cooperation” if deposed President Roch Kaboré is not released, and democracy is not restored.

 

According to insiders, EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell refers to the reversal of financial support and development cooperation in the West African country.

Last year, the European Union sent €38 million to the Sahel country, part of a €153 million package supporting residents and displaced persons in the armed conflict-ravaged country since 2014.

Earlier this week, soldiers deposed the president, dissolved the government and parliament, suspended the constitution and closed the borders. Borrell addresses “elements of the armed forces” in his message to Burkina Faso.

The coup plotters say they intervened because the president failed in the fight against jihadists who killed civilians and soldiers. The army demanded more resources in the fight against Islamist militants.

In recent months, residents of Burkina Faso have protested against what they see as failing President Kaboré. He had just been re-elected in 2020 with the promise to give priority to the fight against insurgents. Instead, Kaboré has been taken to a military camp during the coup.

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