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Burkina Faso's president announces new measures against terrorism

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on Sunday announced a series of measures to strengthen the fight against terrorism.

"In view of the challenges linked to the overall security situation, I have decided, in my capacity as Supreme Chief of the Armed Forces, to take all the appropriate measures required by the circumstances to restore confidence, with our People, in the security sector," Mr. Kaboré said in a radio and television broadcast.

The president stressed that he will adapt the strategy to the new realities on the ground, by reviewing the doctrine of use of Volunteers for the Defence of the Fatherland, and improving the speed of intervention for air and land operations conducted by troops and consolidate the effectiveness, unity and cohesion of the command, in respect of military discipline that has always been the strength of the army.

He also pledged to strengthen the collaboration between the population, the Defence and Security Forces and the Volunteers for the Defence of the Homeland for a better popular defence of the country and to maintain a level of care for internally displaced persons, so that they can live with dignity, pending their return to their areas of origin.

President Kabore urged all Burkinabe patriots to "join hands in unity and determination, alongside all our fighting forces, because victory is an imperative," said Mr. Kaboré.

He said in the current context of the country, marked by terrorist attacks, "we must be discerning and above all not mistake the enemy".

"Neither the demonstrations, nor the insidious publications on social media, nor the calls to question our hard-won democracy will allow us to overcome terrorism in our country," he said.

He asked all those who are organising themselves in this sense, notably political parties and civil society organisations, to postpone their planned marches and meetings, so as not to create a breeding ground for disunity in the face of the common enemy.

"We must show restraint and not engage in actions that could compromise our unity and our common future," said President Kabore.

He called on the political class, especially the political opposition, to pursue political dialogue to continue to refine the political consensus on all issues of national interest, especially those relating to security.

President Kabore recalled that the gains made on the ground by the Defence and Security Forces, with the consequent contribution of the Volunteers for the Defence of the Homeland, "are certain, and have made it possible to inflict significant losses on the armed terrorist groups, leading them to change their tactics to cowardly attack the civilian population".

"This is why, despite the difficulties we are going through, I would like to salute the commitment and professionalism of the Defence and Security Forces and the determination of the Volunteers for the Defence of the Homeland who, at the risk of their lives, courageously fight to guarantee our collective security," he said.

-0- PANA TNDD/JSG/BBA/MA 28June2021