ECOWAS Commission’s Statement on Burkina Faso attack23 Aug, 2019
Abuja, 22 August 2019. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has learnt with dismay of the attack on the military detachment in Koutougou, Soum province, on 19 August 2019, which caused a number of casualties in the Defence and Security Forces.
ECOWAS strongly and unreservedly condemns these despicable attacks by the communities which fuel the fatal and futile attempt to hinder the progress of Burkina Faso and our region towards its development and the well-being of its populations. It reaffirms its unwavering solidarity and support for the Government and people of Burkina Faso.
ECOWAS extends its sincere condolences to the Government, the people of Burkina Faso and especially to the families of the victims, and wishes all those injured a speedy recovery.
Furthermore, the ECOWAS Commission commends the Burkinabe authorities for the prompt response by the defence and security forces to contain the threat and restore security. It reaffirms its strong commitment to combat all forms of aggression, and stands by the Government of Burkina Faso in this fight.