Global Affairs Canada statement on military forces in Burkina Faso


October 1, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement:

“Canada once again joins the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union and the international community in strongly condemning the fighting in Burkina Faso between different military factions fighting for power with no regard for the civilian population.

“We call on those responsible to respect the commitments made in the agreement with ECOWAS and urge them to immediately resume the transition process to ensure a return to constitutional order by July 1, 2024, and to establish democratic stability. The establishment of lasting peace depends on a transition that includes all actors in Burkinabe society and that relies on the full participation of women and youth.

“We stand with the people of Burkina Faso in their aspirations and their right to a more just and democratic future, which are fundamental human rights.”

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Adrien Blanchard
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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