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ECOWAS leaders seek quick resolution to Mali situation

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The ECOWAS Heads of State and Governments have urged the military junta in Mali to hand over to a civilian administration to steer the transitional process and restore constitutional rule in the country.

The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Governments, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo assured that if the military junta hands over to the civilian administration to steer the process, ECOWAS would lift the sanctions it imposed on Mali.

The ECOWAS leaders announced some sanctions after the military coup in Mali, which included closure of their borders with Mali, suspension of all financial flows between its 14 other member states and Mali, as well as suspending Mali from its internal decision-making bodies.

Akufo-Addo addressed journalists after a one-day extraordinary ECOWAS Summit in Peduase in the Eastern Region of Ghana on Tuesday, 15 September 2020. He commented on the political situation in Mali, stating, in part, “The situation in Mali calls for a quick resolution.”

He said that it is important, more than anything else, that Mali was managed by a civilian administration that could begin the process of normalising things.

Akufo-Addo noted that although an agreement had not been reached, the military leadership agreed with the decisions taken at the meeting. They added and that they need to go back to consult with those who were responsible for decisions to get them to buy into it.

“The viewpoint of ECOWAS is that matters that have been put out should be dealt with in terms of days and not weeks, so that we begin the process of normalising the situation in Mali,” local media reports quoted Akufo-Addo as saying.

He disclosed that Nigeria’s former leader, Goodluck Jonathan, would return to Mali next week to continue talks with the military junta.

“The situation in Mali calls for a quick resolution, we have to have a government in place that can begin the process of normalising things and, more than anything else, organising the resistance to the Tuareg menace,” he said.

He expressed the hope that by the time the mediator returned to Mali, things would have been sorted out so that the sanctions could be lifted.

The meeting was attended by Presidents: Alpha Conde of Guinea, Faure Gnassingbe of Togo, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, Macky Sall of Senegal, Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso, Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo of Nigeria. The Malian military junta and other stakeholders were also in attendance.

-APA

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