FINALLY, DIENDÉRÉ THROWS IN THE TOWEL
By Franck Felix Gutenberg, US Africa News. Updated 2015-09-24
“They (the participants in the military coup) are laying down their arms and returning to their barracks, and they will let the Transition lead according to the program that was already established” said Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno, visiting Niger, during a joint press conference with his Nigerian counterpart, Mahamadou Issoufou. The Burkinabe transitional regime, established after the fall of President Blaise Compaore last year, was set to end with the presidential and legislative elections on October 11.
Under pressure from the rest of the of the army units, who were launched to counter the force of the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP) in Ouagadougou, Brigadier Diendéré Gilbert, who had taken power last Wednesday, September 17, declared his desire to avoid a bloodbath in the Burkinabe capital.
The head of the RSP confirmed that the army units were close to sieging the capital Ouagadougou.
"We think it is necessary to avoid this confrontation and we have engaged in discussions with unit leaders to avoid a useless blood bath," he says. "We are in the process of discussions to come up with a satisfying solution."
The General explained that the decision to return power to interim president Michel Kafando was made during a meeting Sunday with mediators from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Returning power to Mr. Kafando "was already scheduled in the agreement signed with ECOWAS," he reiterated.
General Diendéré agreed that that the matter of whether the coup leaders would agree to surrender their weapons and property was under discussion, but equally at issue was the coup leaders’ futures.
The General released a communiqué, which we reproduce below:
The letter from Gilbert Diendéré,
Presidency of Faso
After negotiations conducted by ECOWAS which resulted in a draft agreement, and given the seriousness of the security situation characterized by the risk of confrontation that could lead to chaos, civil war, and the massive violation of human rights.
We, Brigadier Gilbert Diendéré, President of the CND, the Presidential Security Regiment,
- Deplore the loss of lives, injuries and property damage, and offer our condolences to the bereaved families,
- Reaffirm our commitment to return power to the civil authorities of the Transition, at the conclusion of the final agreement to end the crisis under the auspices of ECOWAS
- Accept the release of Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Yacouba Zida as a sign of good faith in accordance with the Agreement;
- Pledge to work for the cohesion of the Army;
- Present our apologies to the nation and the international community.
Ouagadougou September 21, 2015
Brigadier General Gilbert Diendéré
President of CND