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Let’s Resolve Mali Crisis … ECOWAS Chair urges Mali Military Junta

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President of the Republic of Ghana and Chairman of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the political stalemate in the West African state of Mali cannot continue beyond the deadline that was set by ECOWAS heads of state at their last meeting on the 28th of August 2020 in Niamey, Niger and that closure must be found to the situation. 

Addressing the opening ceremony of a thirteen (13) member consultative ECOWAS meeting at the Peduase Presidential Lodge at Aburi in the Eastern Region yesterday, President Akufo-Addo said he was hopeful the meeting would bring finality to the Malian crisis.

“We need to bring finality to our deliberations on Mali. That country cannot afford any delay in putting a responsible government in place following the events of 18th of August, were our colleague, His Excellency President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, was an object of the coup d’etat in his country” President Akufo-Addo said.

“The terrorists are taking advantage of the situation in Mali to flex their muscles even more. Today is supposed to be the day when the military junta in Mali is to put in place a government which is to respond to the criteria we set out at our last summit on 28th August 2020. That has not been done. The circumstances of life in Mali today requires that closure be brought to the matter now and it is my belief that the face to face meeting between us, representing the ECOWAS community, and the military leaders in Bamako, provide us with the best opportunity to find a firm resolution,” President Akufo-Addo further stated.

Military Junta

President Akufo-Addo indicated that he was encouraged about the fact that the military leaders of Mali have taken the first step by responding to his invitation to meet.

“Fortunately, the military leaders have also responded positively to my invitation and are here to meet with us,” President Akufo-Addo noted. The step he says is a good one and that he is confident that a firm resolution of the matter will be reached after their closed-door deliberations.

Closed Door Session

During the closed-door session, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, will deliver a presentation on the socio-political situation in Mali. His will be followed by a presentation on the socio-political situation in Mali with regard to the transition scheme, and it will be presented by the President of Mali’s National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), Colonel Assimi Goita.

The summit after its closed-door session is expected to issue a communique on the conclusions reached.

Participants on the Summit

Among the personalities attending the consultative meeting are the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, Alassane Quattara, President of Cote d’Ivoire, Professor Alpha Conde, the President of Guinea, and the President of Niger, Mahamudou Issoufou. The rest are Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Faure Gnassingbe of the Republic of Togo, African Union (AU’) High Representative for Mali and the Sahel, Pierre Buyoya, special representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Mahamat Annadif, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, the lead mediator, Goodluck Jonathan and the President of Mali’s National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), Cononel Assimi Goita.

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