France expresses support for process under way in Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso/bilateral relations/COP21 – Statements made by M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, during his joint press briefing with Mr Michel Kafando, Transitional President of Burkina Faso (excerpts)
Paris, 1 June 2015
Ladies and gentlemen,
I had a meeting – it was the first time – with President Michel Kafando, whom I’ve met on other occasions. But this is the first time I’ve met him here at the Elysée. I was particularly keen to do so because I wanted to show him France’s support in the process being conducted, which he is responsible for carrying out. It’s the process which must lead to an election, one which has to be transparent and indisputable. This is his task, with the Burkinabé government and the authorities which were put in place to bring the process to a successful conclusion.
I also wanted to tell him how much we stand alongside him so that the courts can do their job completely independently in relation to events and deeds which overcame Burkina Faso at one point.
I also wanted to tell him that France is providing resources so the election can be held, and that, as part of our development assistance, we’ve released funds precisely to make sure that the election can be wholly indisputable, as we would like it to be.
We also have other forms of assistance for Burkina Faso’s development, and only a few weeks ago the Development Minister was able to highlight what we can do, especially when it comes to renewable energy.
I also wanted to express my gratitude to Burkina Faso for the responsibility the country is now showing. Other countries can look towards Burkina Faso, which must be an example in terms of what democracy must be, an example in terms of what constitutional processes must be. And so we stand alongside Burkina Faso because we also want it to stand as an example. I’m thinking in particular of what’s currently happening in Burundi, where we must explain that there are constitutional processes which must be respected and that there are also elections which must be organized in full transparency.
But I also wanted to express my gratitude to Burkina Faso because, a few weeks ago – it was in April – you took in the families that had been especially affected by the air disaster on the Air Algérie flight from Ouagadougou to Algiers, and those families were especially touched by the welcome they were given and the ceremonies that were organized with France.
I also wanted to express my gratitude about what Burkina Faso is doing in Mali in the framework of MINUSMA [United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali], and you’ve decided to send a second battalion, and that’s very important, so that we can guarantee security in Mali and work to ensure that the agreement currently being finalized can be signed at last. (…)./.