The Community Parliament of the Economic State of West African States (ECOWAS), has taken a tough stance on the military intervention in Mali.
It also said that the dramatic shift in the political situation in Mali, which led to the arrest of the Transitional President, Bah N’Daw and the Prime Minister, Mr. Moctar Ouane is unacceptable and therefore condemnable.
The speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Rt. Hon. Sidie Mohamed Tunis said this at the ongoing 2021 Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Parliament holding in Abuja, the Nigerian Capital.
He said that it is time the sub regional body takes firm and decisive actions against forces that tend to reverse this trend.
According to him, “We have been following closely unfolding developments in Mali. Earlier this year, I led a Parliamentary Fact-Finding Mission to that Country and held discussions with all Stake Holders in the transition process. We were assured by all parties of their commitment towards a transition to democratic rule.
“Unfortunately, we have observed a few days ago, a dramatic shift in the political situation, which led to the arrest of the Transitional President, His Excellency Bah N’Daw and the Prime Minister, Mr. Moctar Ouane. I wish to emphasize that the ECOWAS Parliament condemns, in the strongest terms, the military take over in Mali and all acts in the region that threatens or stalls the process of entrenching Democracy across our States.
“We have made many efforts in securing a peaceful and stable ECOWAS and it is about time we take firm and decisive actions against forces that tend to reverse this trend”.
The Speaker added that the ECOWAS Parliament stands ready to support all efforts aimed at putting Mali on the right trajectory of peace and democracy.
This is even as the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government is to convene an emergency Extra Ordinary Summit in a bid to amicably resolve the political crisis in Mali.
The Chairman of the Authority of the Heads of State and Government, and President of Ghana, Mr. Nana Akufo Addo,
decried the development in Mali.
He said that the summit will deliberate on how to find a lasting solution to the crisis in West Africa.
He noted that he has authorized the ECOWAS mediation delegation to Mali, which is headed by former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, to do an assessment of the entire situation.
“I will look at the report and then summon an emergency extraordinary session of Heads of States and Government of the ECOWAS region to review the relationship between ECOWAS and Mali,” he concluded.