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Liberia endorses ECOWAS' decision to reinstate Burkina Fasos Michel Kafando

Benjamin S. Taingay
Liberia Foreign Minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan
Liberia Foreign Minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan

( 23, 2015)-The Liberian Government says it fully endorses the outcomes of the ECOWAS Heads of State and of Government’s Extraordinary Summit held Tuesday, September 22, 2015 in Abuja, Nigeria.

The outcomes of the ECOWAS Heads of State and of Government’s Extraordinary Summit include the categorical condemnation of the overthrow of the Interim Government of Burkina Faso by members of the Presidential Guard.

The Liberian Government joins ECOWAS in calling for the immediate reinstatement of transitional institutions in Burkina Faso and the country’s Transitional President, Michel Kafando. It welcomes the decision by the Authority of ECOWAS to call for the unconditional release of all persons detained by the coup leaders.

“The coup d’état in Burkina Faso runs contrary to the cherished principles and provisions of Democracy, Elections and Governance as enshrined in various acts, protocols and resolutions of   ECOWAS, the African Union (AU) and the UN,” the Government emphasized.

The Liberian Government also said it is particularly heartened by the ECOWAS Authority’s decision to urgently dispatch a high-level committee to Burkina Faso to ensure the re-instatement of Transitional President Kafando.

It expressed the solidarity of the ECOWAS Community with the people of Burkina Faso.
The ECOWAS Authority’s high-level committee comprises ECOWAS Chairman, Senegalese President, Macky Sall, along with the Presidents of Nigeria, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Togo, and Benin.

The Liberian Government hopes the convening of national dialogues among all stakeholders of Burkina Faso would form a major and urgent part of Interim President Kafando and his Transitional Government’s mandate, after their reinstatement.
The convening of national dialogues is aimed at reaching consensus on the holding of free, fair, and inclusive elections in Burkina Faso.

On the prevailing security situation in Burkina Faso, the Liberian Government calls on all parties to the conflict to fully cooperate with ECOWAS’ mediation efforts and to refrain from taking actions that could lead to the escalation of tension in the country


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