Welcoming the recent reinstatement of President Michel Kafando and the transitional authorities of Burkina Faso in the wake of a coup d’état last week, the United Nations Security Council urged all parties in the country to refrain from violence and resume the transition process without delay.
In a statement, the members of the Security Council commended the engagement of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Government, as well as the efforts of the African Union, to support a solution to the crisis and restore constitutional order in Burkina Faso.
The Council members also reiterated their full support to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas.
President Kafando, Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida and several Government ministers were detained one week ago and later released by elements of Burkina Faso’s Presidential Guard.
The members of the Security Council urged all actors in Burkina Faso to refrain from any violence and commended those who had exercised restraint in this regard.
In their statement, they also called for “the resumption of the transition without delay, including the holding of free, fair and credible elections, in accordance with the Constitution and Transitional Charter of Burkina Faso.”
The Security Council also expressed their intention to continue to monitor closely the situation, recognizing the legitimate aspiration of the people of Burkina Faso for a peaceful transition.