Burkinabe govt calls for calm at Mali border

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) - – Authorities in Ouagadougou Tuesday appealed for calm among people living along the Burkinabe/Malian border after violent clashes involving farmers from both countries Friday night left nine killed and two missing.
The Ministry of Local Government and Decentralisation, in a statement, described as "unfortunate" the incident that pitted the people of Ouoronkuy in Djibasso district, Kossi province against those of Wanian, rural commune of Mafouné in Mali.
The Ministry lamented that incident runs contrary to the good neighbourly relations being maintained at the highest levels between Malian and Burkinabe authorities.
It said both countries have taken measures to ensure the security of people and property, and promote a quick return to calm and peaceful cohabitation between populations.
Meanwhile, the governor of the Boucle du Mouhoun (Burkina Faso) is due in the area later Tuesday for a meeting with Malian authorities to find an understanding to restore peace.

04 july 2006 16:55:00

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