To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the (1) economic, (2) political, and (3) security, situation in Burkina Faso.
21 June 2021
The UK is deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation and humanitarian crisis in Burkina Faso. Over 1 million people are displaced due to conflict and parts of the country are facing severe food insecurity. The attack in Solhan, Burkina Faso, on 4 June, was the deadliest attack to take place in Burkina Faso since 2015. The Minister for Africa called for a swift and transparent investigation, ensuring those responsible are held to account. On 11 June, the Minister for Africa spoke with the Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso where he gave his condolences and discussed UK support to regional stability in the Sahel.
Following presidential elections in Burkina Faso in 2020, the Minister for Africa welcomed President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré's commitment to peace and development during his second term in office. The Minister for Africa has since discussed regional insecurity and its impact on Burkina Faso with him in January this year. Through our recent deployment to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA), and our programmatic support for stabilisation and conflict resolution, the UK is committed to building long-term peace and stability in the Sahel. In Burkina Faso we use our humanitarian assistance to support those worst affected by conflict, as well as providing access to education in emergencies and supporting women's sexual and reproductive health.