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Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Michel Kafando, Transitional President of Burkina Faso

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Michel Kafando, Transitional President of Burkina Faso. He expressed his sympathy for the lives lost and the many injured during the coup d’état that took place on 16 September 2015.

The Secretary-General and President Kafando exchanged views on the current situation in Burkina Faso. The Secretary-General reiterated his call on all national stakeholders to act responsibly, exercise restraint and work in the best interests of the country. He reaffirmed the United Nations’ commitment to supporting national efforts, including for the organization of the elections. In this regard, the Secretary-General stressed that it would be essential to ensure the early holding of peaceful and credible presidential and legislative elections to allow for the swift return of constitutional order in Burkina Faso.

The Secretary-General also expressed appreciation for Burkina Faso’s continued commitment to peace and stability in Mali as a member of the International Mediation team and as a troop contributor to the UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA.

New York, 5 October 2015

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