ECOWAS nations to close borders, recall ambassadors from Mali

Mali castigates’ ECOWAS sanctions; closes land borders [Image: courtesy]
Mali—The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is set to install barriers on the military junta in Mali, as this happens, member states have affirmed to withdraw all their envoys.

The countries have also stated that they will withdraw as well as close land and air borders with Mali.

It is among the result of the Summit of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government held on Sunday in Accra, Ghana.

Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, revealed this on Monday in a statement titled, ‘ECOWAS countries to shut all borders against Mali, recall ambassadors, reject junta’s transition schedule.’

According to Akande, after reviewing the situation in Mali at the summit, the sub-regional leaders rejected the transition schedule proposed by the Malian military junta which they said was unwelcomed.

The committee further imposed additional sanctions on the junta, including the suspension of all commercial and financial transactions between ECOWAS states and Mali.

However, some products such as essential consumer goods, pharmaceutical products, as well as medical supplies, and equipment, especially materials for electricity and the control of COVID-19 were exempted.

Further sanctions like a freeze of assets of the Republic of Mali in ECOWAS Central Banks; freeze of assets of the Malian State and the State Enterprises and Parastatals in Commercial Banks; suspension of Mali from all financial assistance and transactions from financial institutions.

Professor Yemi Osinbajo,  who also attended the summit, explained that there was a strong resolve by the ECOWAS Member States to stand against coup d’etats in the region.

“What is being done is unprecedented,” he said while briefing reporters after the summit. “In the years gone by, the African Union, then known as OAU and ECOWAS, never came down heavily on Coups d’etats.

“But there is evidence now that there is a very strong resolve that ECOWAS and, indeed, AU and the international community will not accept unconstitutional takeover of government.”