Ibrahim Traore turns deaf ear to EU military aid offer
Two months on from a visit to Ouagadougou by EU representatives to make a fresh offer of security back-up, the Burkinabe junta has still not responded to Brussels.
The Burkinabe military junta leader has appointed one of his loyalists to head the National Theatre Operations Command (COTN). This is a strategic body in the fight against Islamist militants and was previously headed by the powerful Lieutenant Colonel Yves Didier Bamouni, a close friend of Traoré's predecessor, Paul Henri Damiba.
A 26-member committee that steers the development of African arts and handicraft is meant to meet in Ouagadougou at the end of this month. Although this sector accounts for a third of Burkina Faso's GDP, the 30 September coup could affect the important gathering.
Mining firms in Burkina Faso were relieved to find that the senior army officers in charge of protecting their sites were still in place after the recent military coup. But their activities are still dogged by regular attacks by armed groups.
Before Captain Ibrahim Traore's 30 September coup, France had been relying heavily on Burkina Faso - and Niger - to reorganise its security presence in West Africa following its withdrawal from Mali. It had been preparing a major support plan for the authorities in Ouagadougou but this has now been largely compromised and its future presence in the country rendered uncertain.
The head of the 30 September putsch has only a limited support within the military apparatus and is already encountering mistrust among powerful senior officers. He wants to designate a new president of the transition and has increasingly been engaging in discreet consultations on the matter.
The European Union is drawing up the contours of a new programme to boost the armies of the countries of the Sahel and Gulf of Guinea. Already widely used to support Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion, the European Peace Facility must be at the center of this new West African strategy.