The French withdrawal to Burkina Faso is becoming more and more obvious. The Quai d’Orsay assured this Wednesday that the tricolor troops will leave the territory of Burkina Faso from here. “month”. An organized exit following the ruling junta’s denunciation of defense agreements linking the two countries.
“On Tuesday (…) we officially received the denunciation by the government of Burkina Faso of the 2018 agreement regarding the status of the French forces present in that country. In accordance with the terms of the agreement, the denunciation takes effect. within a few months of receipt of the written notice, clarified the French Foreign Ministry, assuring that Paris “comply with the terms of this agreement by complying with this request.”
“Not the end of diplomatic relations between Burkina Faso and France”
Burkina is currently hosting a contingent of almost 400 French special forces, the Saber unit.. These troops will leave the country until the end of February and removal of all materials must be completed “late April” This was reported to AFP by a source familiar with the situation.
“This is not about ending diplomatic relations between Burkina Faso and France,” This was announced by Jean-Emmanuel Ouedraogo, spokesman for the Burkinabé government, on Monday at noon in an interview with Radio-Télévision du Burkina (RTB). This departure, however, illustrates a divorce between the two countries that has been brewing for months. In December, Ouagadougou asked Paris to replace French Ambassador Luc Allade, who is under gunpoint for reporting on the deteriorating security situation in the country.
On Monday, Jean-Emmanuel Ouedraogo indicated that the government “received all assurances that the French authorities will grant this request this week.” But according to a diplomatic source, his fate has not yet been decided and he is still in the capital of Burkina Faso.