Mali’s Junta in action to end sanctions as ECOWAS plans to tighten measures

According to the communique, the initiative would lead to a review of the regime’s previous transition timetable, which was rejected by ECOWAS. [Image:courtesy]
The Malian government recently characterized by military domination has set up dialogue mechanisms towards ending the ECOWAS and EU-imposed sanctions and for the country’s early return to operations under the country’s law.

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, who is also the chairman of the authority of ECOWAS heads of State and Government has, on the contrary, called on the international community to support the ECOWAS measures imposed on Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso over the military takeover of power in the three of its member States.

ECOWAS has suspended all three countries and imposed sanctions on Mali and Guinea, with the severest measures against Mali.

In line with a statement issued on Wednesday by the Col Assimi Goita-led Bamako government said a dialogue group it set up would work at the ministerial level and under the transition monitoring Committee including representatives of UN, AU, and ECOWAS.

According to the communique, the initiative would lead to a review of the regime’s previous transition timetable, which was rejected by ECOWAS.

Also, the European Union has imposed targeted sanctions on five senior members of the Bamako government including Prime Minister Choguel Maiga.

The technical groups on Dialogue are to work with local and international bodies to agree on a new “consensual timetable” for a political transition in Mali, the statement added.

President Akufo-Addo told foreign diplomats in Ghana on Friday that the ECOWAS measures if implemented would help stem the democratic slide in the region, which has seen three successful military coups and at least three attempted putsches in the last 18 months.

 

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