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EU solidarity with Burkinians

The European External Action Service expressed solidarity with the government of Burkina Faso and Burkinians in the wake of the terrorist attack on French Embassy in Ouagadougou targeting French Embassy, and Institute.

“The European Union expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the victims, and its full solidarity with the Government and all Burkinabe people” – says the text of the statement. “Our determination to support Burkina Faso as well as the states of the region in their fight against terrorism, at the national level as well as in the framework of the G5 Sahel and its joint force, remain unresolved, as emphasized on February 23 at the Conference. for the Sahel in Brussels. Faced with this common challenge, we remain united to meet them together.”

The information about the tall of the attack differs: the reports quote from 7 up to 28 dead and around 50 injured. At the moment there is no official confirmation from the behalf of French officials.

However the other channels reported 28 dead and 50 wounded as a result of multiple attacks in the capital, conducted simultaneously.

Burkina Faso: French Embassy under attack

Diplomatis confirm assault at French Embassy and  Institute in Burkina Faso capital . The vehicles stationed next to the buildings are still in flames.

The “terrorist attack” has stricken Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, France’s ambassador to West Africa’s Sahel region said after an explosion hit the army headquarters there and witnesses reported seeing masked gunmen storming the building.

An armed attack is underway in downtown Ouagadougou near the prime minister’s office and UN roundabout, says the Burkina Faso Police.

Burkina Faso police director general says capital is being attacked by suspected Islamic extremists. Gunshots have been intermittent and helicopters are now flying near the embassy.

According to witnesses gunmen stepped out of the car, shooting pedestrians passing by, and then rushed to the Embassy building, there are military helicopters and army units, protecting the buildings, AFP correspondent reports.

#Sahel: EU high level conference

The conference, co-chaired by the European Union, the United Nations, the African Union and the G5 Sahel, will focus on strengthening much-needed international support to Africa’s Sahel countries in the areas of security and development, notably through the G5 Sahel Joint Force. It will gather Heads of State and Government from the European Union and the G5 Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger) as well as high level attendance from other participating countries.

 

  •          The EU is a strong political partner of the G5 Sahel countries. High Representative Vice President Federica Mogherini has held annual meetings with G5 Sahel Foreign Ministers to strengthen cooperation in areas of shared interest such as security, migration, counter-terrorism, youth employment, humanitarian response and long-term development
  •          The EU, together with its Member States, is the biggest provider of development assistance to the region with over €8 billion over 2014-2020 and uses all its tools to support development efforts in the region, notably the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, to tackle the root causes of instability and irregular migration and create opportunities for youth. The EU is also member of the Alliance for the Sahel, set up to better coordinate development assistance in the region.
  •          The EU is itself a key security player in the region, with its 3 active Common Security and Defence Policy missions; EUCAP Sahel Niger: EUCAP Sahel Mali: EU training mission (EUTM) in Mali.
  •          The EU supports concrete regional led security initiatives. The EU has already provided an initial €50 million to establish the African led G5 Sahel Joint Force which aims to improve

Russia to joint anti-terrorism efforts in Sahel

Moscow has begun to assist the law enforcement agencies of the Sahel countries,  recently forming joint military forces to counter terrorism and organized crime, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said at the UN Security Council’s meeting.

According to the Russian diplomat, Moscow welcomes the establishment of a special counter-terrorism force of the Group of Five Sahel States (G5 Sahel, consisting of Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Chad), which has been approved by a UN Security Council Resolution.

“We believe that this is an appropriate response to the regional challenges based on the ‘African solutions to the African problems’ principle. We are confident that this is the only way to ensure sustainable peace in Africa,” the Russian permanent representative underlined.

“…In era of globalization, terrorism has gone global,” and the threat “can only be eliminated through the establishment of a broad front, which is what Russia has been calling for” – Nebenzya added. “Besides, our country has begun to assist the law enforcement agencies of the Sahel countries, and we intend to continue such cooperation because building the capacities of national armed forces is important for enhancing the effectiveness of the G5 Sahel joint forces,” the Russian UN ambassador pointed out.

“There is a concern over the situation in the Sahara and Sahel region,” which had been facing the threat of terrorism, and “transnational issues, which particularly include drug and arms trafficking, separatist tendencies, conflicts, as well as humanitarian, social and economic difficulties, further destabilize the situation” Russia’s permanent representative to the UN added that the NATO-backed overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Libya had catalyzed instability in the region.

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