Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, who currently chairs the West African bloc Ecowas, says a peaceful resolution must be found to the situation in Burkina Faso, where soldiers seized power earlier this week.
Ecowas has already condemned the coup – the third in the region since last year – and West African leaders have held a virtual meeting to discuss it.
Mr Akufo-Addo said:
The resurgence of coup d’etats in our region is in direct violation of our democratic tenets.
It represents a threat to peace, security and stability in West-Africa. This situation hinders a much-needed economic and social development of the region
I’ve convened this meeting with a hope, to address the urgent situation in Burkina Faso and find solutions to restore constitutional order to Burkina Faso and stabilise the region at large.
We should not renege in our collectives duties and obligations to ensure a peaceful democratic, just, stable and prosperous community.
I urge you to examine critically this rising phenomena in our region so we take the necessary decisions that meet the aspirations and expectations of our peoples. The rest of the world is looking up to us to be firm in this matter.”