African Union chief in urgent talks on Burkina Faso transition

Mauritanian President and African Union Chairman Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (C) shakes hands with Burkina Fasos's army officers on November 10, 2014The head of the African Union held urgent talks in Burkina Faso on Monday on the west African country’s transition following the ouster of veteran president Blaise Compaore, warning time was running short. With the military regime that took power after Compaore’s exit under heavy international pressure to quickly hand over to a civilian government, delicate negotiations loomed to hammer out a transition plan. Mauritania’s president and current AU head Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who arrived in the country Monday, said “we have come to participate in a solution,” but warned that quick action was needed. “The AU did not come to impose anything on you or to threaten you with anything,” Abdel Aziz said.

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