The African Union on Monday suspended Burkina Faso a week after the volatile country suffered its latest coup, as envoys from West Africa and the UN headed for talks with the new junta.
The AU’s 15-member Peace and Security Council said on Twitter it had voted “to suspend the participation of #BurkinaFaso in all AU activities until the effective restoration of constitutional order in the country”.
An ECOWAS mission headed by Ghanaian Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway was expected in Ouagadougou, where it would be joined by the UN’s special representative for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mahamat Saleh Annadif.
UNOWAS said in a statement that the joint delegation will have meetings with the military leaders as well as with the various Burkinabe actors.
On Saturday, ECOWAS sent military chiefs to confer with junta leader Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba.
The junta reaffirmed its commitment to sub-regional and international organisations.
ECOWAS leaders will hold a summit in Accra on Thursday to assess the two missions to see whether they should impose sanctions.
They have previously suspended and enforced sanctions against two other members — Mali and Guinea — where coups have unfurled in the past 18 months.
Moussa Faki Mahamat, who chairs the Africa Union Commission condemned the coup on the day it happened.
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