Burkina Faso ex-president offers to return to broker peace deal

Blaise Compaore led successful negotiations with armed groups in the past, but the government has no plans to allow him to return to the country.


    After five years in exile, former Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore says he wants to come home, offering his help to try to broker a peace deal with armed groups.

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