By Paul Ejime
ECOWAS leaders have ended another emergency summit in Accra, Ghana, agreeing an extension of twelve to sixteen months to the military transition programme in mali.
But in step with the report of the summit stayed Fri, the regional leaders also resolved to take care of the controversial blockade imposed on mali in january once the col Assimi Goita-led inner circle announced a three-year delay to the earlier transition timetable.
The report made no reference to Thursday’s West African writ suspending some sanctions against mali by the eight-nation West African Economic and monetary Union, UEMOA.
Members of UEMOA, mainly former French colonies in west africa, conjointly belong to ECOWAS.
The UEMOA Court ruling followed a suit filed by the mali interim government, that known as the UEMOA sanctions “illegal.”
The summit’s eight-page communique rejected the new 24-month transition programme planned by the Goita regime.
Col Goita had been invited to the Accra summit however responded that he may solely attend nearly, AN option not taken by the regional alignment.
His regime had reneged on the now-lapsed 18-month transition timetable, and it’s demand for additional 3 years prompted the ECOWAS and UEMOA sanctions, including economic/financial freeze, travel bans and border blockade.
Critics consider the punitive sanctions against mali as disproportionate and excessive, particularly with the French President Emmanuel macron claiming that he was instrumental to their imposition.
Paris is hostile the military cooperation between Russia and also the mali regime, leading to Paris’ call to tug French forces out of mali and strained relations between each countries.
The Accra summit also gave the military junta in Guinea till twenty fifth April to provide a democratic transition timetable or face economic and monetary sanctions.
Like in mali, the military seized power in Guinea, however has yet to announce a transition programme.
The regional leaders conjointly known as on the military regime in burkina faso to free detained President roc marc Christian Kabore.
The junta should conjointly reduce to a “more acceptable timeline” by the twenty fifth April, its planned 36-month transition programme or face sanctions, the communique said.
Military takeovers in the 3 countries, plus heightened insecurity and political instability in many nations have raised issues regarding democratic regression within the region.
This has place ECOWAS’ name and connectedness on the line.
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