Burkina Faso Premier Floats Idea Of Talks With Militants
Ouagadougou, Feb 5 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Feb, 2021 ) :Burkina Faso Prime Minister Christophe Dabire on Thursday floated the idea of negotiations with jihadist groups, an idea rejected until now by President Roch Marc Christian Kabore.
"That means that if we want to get out of this situation, sooner or later we must reflect on the possibility (...) that we may eventually undertake discussions," Dabire said.
"We are not saying that Burkina Faso is against negotiations with terrorists, because even great countries... have reached a moment or other where they sit around a table with terrorists," he said.
But he added: "The terrorists and their mentors are not always clearly identified." An extremely poor country in the Sahel, Burkina Faso is suffering its worst period since independance in 1960, caught in a five-year spiral of jihadist and sectarian violence.
The response has been a mililtary one.
Most of the political class has backed the military approach but during the presidential election campaign in November most of the candidates made a U-turn, calling for negotiations with armed groups.