“There is an international coalition against Burkina” (minister)

“There is an international coalition against Burkina” (minister)

2023-05-03 21:26:08

The Burkinabe government on Wednesday denounced cases of “violations” of its airspace.

“There is an international coalition against Burkina,” Defense Minister Colonel-Major Kassoum Coulibaly told civil society leaders.

He wanted proof of this in the numerous cases of violations of Burkinabè airspace.

“But we tried to manage this bilaterally. We warn the authors. We even send them images,” said the Minister of Defence.

Kassoum Coulibaly was indignant at these multiple incursion attempts. He said that Burkina needs means more than anything else to fight against terrorism.

“We don’t need foreign troops on our territory,” he said.

This is not the first time that the Burkinabè military authorities have denounced expressions of interest from foreign countries offering their services in the fight against terrorism.

In an interview, former President Paul-Henri Damiba confided that he had been “contacted by Russian-speaking and South African companies and even companies based in West Africa”, offering him “to send their personnel to occupy an area and help us. Of course with payments in return. But we were not in this dynamic.

The intervention of the Minister of Defense takes place at a time when the country is regularly the target of jihadist attacks.


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