Regional Bloc ECOWAS Says New Delegation To Be Sent To Burkina Faso For Mediate

West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Tuesday said it was sending a new delegation of heads of state to Burkina Faso to mediate after the country's interim president was ousted in a coup.

"They have decided to despatch tomorrow (Wednesday) a delegation of heads of state to go to Ouagadougou to reestablish Michel Kafando in his function as president of the transition in Burkina Faso," said ECOWAS Commission president Kadre Desire Ouedraogo.

West African leaders called for Burkina Faso's coup plotters to lay down their arms and the country's army not to fight back, as part of attempts to end a tense stand-off following last week's coup.

"They (ECOWAS heads of state and governments) called on the presidential guards to disarm and demanded the other unit of the army not to use force to avoid loss of human lives," Ouedraogo said after a meeting in Abuja.

( AFP )
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