Akufo-Addo holds extraordinary ECOWAS summit on Mali impasse

The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will on Sunday 30 May 2021, convene an extraordinary Summit in Accra on the political crisis in Mali.

Ten heads of state and their representatives have confirmed their participation in the Summit aimed at deliberating and taking consequential decisions on the evolving political and security situation in Mali.

Speaking at a press briefing in Accra on Saturday 29 May 2021, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, said that the Summit is in line with efforts by the regional bloc to ensure progressive development of member countries.

She said the Summit will be held to proffer conflict resolution strategies in accordance with relevant protocols to bring an end to the political crisis in the West African state.

The past few days have witnessed some worrying developments in Mali. The arrest and detention of the President and Prime Minister of the transition government by the military has necessitated a re-evaluation of the strategies adopted by ECOWAS to bring normalcy to the country.

“At the behest of the President of the Republic, an ECOWAS Mediation team, led by H.E. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, ECOWAS Special Envoy and Mediator for Mali embarked on a fact-finding mission to Mali from 25 to 26 May 2021 to assess the situation and explore opportunities for the resolution of the crisis. H.E. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will, therefore, report to the Summit on the outcome of the mission,” Botchway said.

Akufo-Addo will be joined by other well-known dignitaries and representatives from Benin, Guinea, Cape Verde and Senegal. The summit will also see the participation of the President and Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission and the former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS Special Mediator for Mali, Goodluck Jonathan.

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