Three west African leaders held talks behind closed doors with Burkina Faso’s new military leader Wednesday to pressure him into swiftly handing over power to a civilian government after the fall of president Blaise Compaore. The presidents of Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal flew into Ouagadougou after Canada suspended its aid to the impoverished west African nation and other nations considered similar moves. Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida, the interim leader appointed by Burkina Faso’s military, told unions on Tuesday that he would return the country to civilian rule within two weeks, a day after the African Union threatened sanctions if the army failed to relinquish power within that timeframe. The military has filled the power vacuum left by Compaore, who was deposed Friday after 27 years in power by a violent popular uprising that some had likened to the Arab Spring. There was little ceremony as the leaders — Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan, Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama and Macky Sall of Senegal — were driven to a luxury hotel near the presidential palace for the talks with Zida, an AFP reporter said. The three presidents later met leaders of opposition parties, democracy groups and senior legal officials, with one party leader afterwards calling for a transition government led by a civil society figure rather than a politician or military chief.