AA / Bamako / Amarana Maiga
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), decided on Sunday, at the end of an extraordinary summit in Accra, to toughen the sanctions against the authorities of the transition in Mali and Guinea, has t – we learned from an official press release.
ECOWAS has, in fact, announced the travel ban and the freezing of financial assets of the transition authorities of Mali and those of Guinea-Conakry, as well as the maintenance of the suspension of the Republic of Guinea from all bodies. directors of ECOWAS.
The sub-regional organization also called on the African Union, the United Nations and bilateral and multilateral partners to approve and support the implementation of these sanctions.
The heads of state of ECOWAS have also instructed the President of the Commission to examine and propose additional sanctions at its next ordinary session on December 12, 2021, if the situation persists.
The heads of state said they had taken note of recent developments in Guinea, including the adoption of the Transition Charter, the appointment of a civilian prime minister and the formation of a transitional government.
In addition, they urged the Guinean authorities to urgently submit a detailed schedule of activities to be carried out in the context of the transition to the holding of elections, in accordance with the decisions of the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS held on September 16.
They also decided to maintain the suspension of the Republic of Guinea from all the governing bodies of ECOWAS as well as the travel ban and the freezing of financial assets imposed on members of the CNRD (National Committee for the Rally for Development ) and members of their families, until constitutional order is restored.
During this extraordinary summit, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, was appointed as special envoy to Guinea in order to strengthen the dialogue with the authorities of the transition towards a successful and short transition process.
Regarding the political transition in the Republic of Mali, the President of ECOWAS, Nana Akufo Addo announced that he had informed the participants of the official notification issued by the Malian transition authorities of their inability to meet the electoral deadline of February 2022. .
“The Heads of State strongly deplored the lack of progress in the preparations for the elections, including the absence of a detailed schedule of activities for the conduct of the elections on the dates agreed,” the statement said.
“In accordance with the decision taken on September 16, 2021, the Authority has decided to impose sanctions with immediate effect against identified individuals and groups, including all of the Transitional Authorities and other transitional institutions. These sanctions will also be imposed on their family members, ”the document notes.
ECOWAS reaffirmed its concern at the deterioration of the security situation in Mali, due to heightened political uncertainties in the country.
In addition, ECOWAS deplored the expulsion of its representative in Bamako.
On the occasion of this summit, the Malian authorities reaffirmed on Sunday that the organization of the elections was not a priority and clearly indicated to the Anadolu Agency that they had said that there were steps to be taken before the event. organization of elections.
“We told ECOWAS that there are steps that must be taken. We have to hold on, we have to know what to do and when to do it? It will be determined at the end of the foundations of the Refoundation ”, declared Ibrahim Ikassa Maiga Minister for the Refoundation of the State, in charge of relations with the institutions.
“We must stop being afraid to act, to love our country, the others who speak, it is for their own functions as president, they are not doing that in the interest of their populations or ECOWAS. Look at us, it is the future of our country that is at stake and we cannot have fun with it, ”concluded the Malian Minister for the Refoundation of the State.
The president of Ghana and current president of ECOWAS, Nana Akufo-Addo, as well as his counterparts: Macky Sall from Senegal, Alassane Ouattara from Côte d’Ivoire, Mohamed Bazoum from Niger took part in this summit. Other presidents were represented.
The session was also attended by Goodluck Jonathan, Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS Mediator for Mali, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), El-Ghassim Wane, Head of Minusma and Maman Sambo Sidikou, Special Representative of Misahel, representing the Chairman of the Commission of the African Union.
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