ECOWAS press release on the extraordinary Accra summit
1. At the invitation of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa AKUFO-ADDO, President of the Republic of Ghana and current President of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of African States of the West (ECOWAS), the ECOWAS Authority Heads of State and Government held an extraordinary summit on the political situation in Mali on May 30, 2021, in Accra, Ghana.
2. The under-listed Heads of State and Government attended the Extraordinary Summit or their duly mandated representatives:
– HE. Roch-Marc Christian KABORE, President of Burkina Faso;
– HE. Alassane OUATTARA, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire;
– HE. Adama BARROW, President of the Republic of The Gambia;
– HE. Nana Addo Dankwa AKUFO-ADDO, President of the Republic of Ghana;
– HE. Umaro Sissoco EMBALÓ, President of the Republic of Guinea Bissau;
– HE. George WEAH, President of the Republic of Liberia;
– HE. Mohamed BAZOUM, President of the Republic of Niger;
– HE. Muhammadu BUHARI, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria;
– IL. Julius Maada BIO, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone;
– HE. Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE, President of the Togolese Republic.
– Mr. Aurelien AGBENONCI, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integration of the Republic of Benin;
– Mr. Rui SOARES, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communities of the Republic of Cape Verde;
– Mrs. Aissata TALL SALL, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad of the Republic of Senegal;
– Mrs. Moussoukoro SANGARE, Charg d’Affaires a. I. of the Embassy of the Republic of Guinea in Ghana.
3. The following high-ranking personalities also participated in the Extraordinary Summit:
– HE. Goodluck Ebele JONATHAN, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, ECOWAS Special Envoy and Mediator in Mali;
– HE. Jean-Claude Kassi BROU, President of the ECOWAS Commission; HE. El-Ghassim WANE, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in Mali, Head of the Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA); and
4. The Extraordinary Summit was convened to take stock of the socio-political crisis prevailing in Mali following the arrest, detention and subsequent resignations of the President and the Prime Minister of the transition on May 26, 2021, as well as that to determine the next course of action for the transition.
5. After the presentation of the report by HE Goodluck Ebele JONATHAN, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS Special Envoy and Mediator in Mali, the Heads of State expressed deep and deep concerns about the current crisis in Mali, which comes halfway to the end of the agreed transition period, against the backdrop of security challenges linked to the relentless terrorist attacks and the Covid-19 pandemic with its dire socio-economic consequences.
6. The Heads of State call for the immediate release of the former President and Prime Minister of the transition, under house arrest.
7. The Heads of State strongly condemn this recent coup, which is a violation of the decisions taken at the extraordinary summit held at Peduase Lodge, Aburi, Ghana on September 15, 2020 and a violation of the Transitional Charter.
8. After long discussions on the situation in Mali, the Heads of State and Government took the following decisions:
a. Reaffirm the importance and the need to respect the democratic process of accession to power, in accordance with the 2001 ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance. They condemn in particular all the actions which have led to the persistent instability in Mali and its consequences in the region;
b. Decide to suspend Mali from ECOWAS institutions in accordance with ECOWAS provisions;
vs. Call for the immediate appointment of a new civilian prime minister;
re. A new inclusive government should be formed to continue the transition agenda;
e. Reaffirm the need to respect the 18-month transition period agreed upon in Accra. In this context, the date of February 27, 2022 already announced for the presidential election must be absolutely maintained. A monitoring mechanism will be put in place for this purpose; F. Reiterate previous decisions that the head of the transition, the vice-president and the prime minister of the transition should under no circumstances be candidates in the next presidential election;
g. Reaffirm the support of ECOWAS to accompany the transition process in Mali.
h. Urge all international partners (the African Union, the United Nations and the European Union) to continue to support Mali in the successful implementation of the transition;
I. Congratulate and encourage the Mediator to persevere in his mediation efforts and to remain seized of the situation in Mali through the Local Monitoring Committee.
9. The Heads of State call for the immediate implementation of all these decisions in accordance with the defined transition timetable. To this end, they urge the Mediator to return to Mali within a week to involve the stakeholders in these decisions.
10. The Heads of State express their gratitude to His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa AKUFO-ADDO, President of the Republic of Ghana and current Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of States of the West Africa (ECOWAS), for the convening of this extraordinary summit on the political situation in Mali and for the means made available to ensure the smooth running of the extraordinary summit.
Done in Accra, May 30, 2021.