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4 November 2014 – Reiterating his great concern for the current crisis in Burkina Faso and its impact on national and regional stability, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said the joint United Nations and African diplomatic mission sent to the conflict-ridden country last week has returned to the capital city of Ouagadougou to continue its engagements with all parties, with the objective of reaching an agreement that restores constitutional order through democratic elections.
“The joint mission is encouraged by the commitment of the parties to resolving the crisis peacefully and in accordance with the national constitution,” said UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, in a press briefing at UN Headquarters this afternoon.
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, arrived in Ouagadougou on 31 October as part of a joint mission that also includes the President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs.
As part of its consultations, the spokesperson said, the joint mission met yesterday with the President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, in his capacity as the Chairman of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Governments.
The spokesperson also noted that Mr. Chambas briefed Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe in Lomé on the progress of the ongoing consultations.
“All interlocutors concurred that the transitional process in Burkina Faso should be in line with constitutional provisions,” the spokesperson said.