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Ties with Burkina Faso remain unchanged: minister

2014/10/31 23:51

Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) Diplomatic ties with Burkina Faso will remain unchanged at the moment despite the resignation of its president, the Foreign Ministry said late Friday.

According to foreign reports, thousands of opponents to a bill that would have extended the 27-year-rule of Blaise Compaore stormed into the National Assembly on Thursday, looting offices and setting fires before turning to the national television headquarters.

Compaore later announced that he had stepped down. He came into power 27 years ago after seizing power as an army captain in a coup.

Taiwan's Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin said the Republic of China's embassy in Burkina Faso, one of Taiwan's 22 diplomatic allies, has been keeping a close eye on the political turmoil in the West African country.

Future relations between the two countries will depend on the next moves by Burkina Faso's transitional government, Lin said.

The situation in Burkina Faso has drawn concern from the United Nations, France and the United States.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Lee Hsin-Yin)ENDITEM/cs