The United States welcomes the November 9 announcement of a Charter for Transitional Government in Burkina Faso developed by political parties, civil society, and religious and traditional leaders. We urge continued progress in the discussions between these groups and the military so that this crisis may come to a quick end and the process of rebuilding Burkina Faso’s democracy may begin.
We also underscore the urgency of Burkina Faso returning to constitutional rule. Now that civil society, political parties, and the Constitutional Court are fully engaged in elaborating the mechanics of the country’s transition, we urge the men and women of Burkina Faso’s armed forces to return to their primary mission — safeguarding the territorial integrity of Burkina Faso and the security of its citizens.
At the same time, we firmly hope that the central mission of the transitional government will be to ensure effective preparation for national elections in November 2015.