Ouagadougou presents the Burkinabe forces to guarantee the defense of the country
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After requesting the departure of the French military forces, the transitional authorities of Burkina Faso highlighted the capabilities of the armed forces and the Volunteers for the Defense of the Homeland to lead the fighting against the armed groups. This desire for mobilization within the country has been welcomed by various civil society organizations.
Breaking militarily with France yes, approaching other private partners, for the moment no. ” Burkina Faso has no ties to the Wagner military group Foreign Minister Olivia Rouamba said in a press release. ” Our defense forces, our volunteers for the defense of the homeland are the Wagners of Burkina Faso “, She continued.
A position that satisfies Valentin Yambkoudougou, spokesman for the Sauvons le Faso movement, which supports the transitional authorities. ” Terrorists are now allowed to raid all parts of our country, so we are all committed to taking our fate into our own hands. That is why we say today that we no longer need military forces outside our territory. “, he approves.
An important member of Balai Citoyen, lawyer Guy Hervé Kam is now part of the Ensemble pour le Faso alliance. He also believes that the authorities are right in defending a national and sovereign mobilization. ” What we apply to France, we must be able to apply to all partners. We are not at all in the same tune with those who appeal to Russia because according to their analysis, it is about leaving one master to go to another. »
Contacted by RFI, leaders of civil society organizations that support a more frank partnership with Russia declined to speak.