West Africa Bloc Fails To Reach Agreement With Mali Junta

West Africa Bloc Fails To Reach Agreement With Mali Junta

West African mediators failed to influence leaders of a army coup in Mali to instantly hand over energy to a civilian authorities throughout talks on Tuesday, the chairman of the regional bloc stated.

Leaders of the 15-member Financial Group of West African States (ECOWAS) met the heads of a junta that on Aug. 18 overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, within the bloc’s newest try and quicken the transition from army management.


ECOWAS imposed financial sanctions after the coup, and stated a brand new president ought to be appointed by Tuesday. These actions, and a number of diplomatic interventions, seem to have had little impact thus far, reinforcing the issue regional powers face in shaping occasions contained in the turbulent nation.

“We have now not reached any settlement with the army junta,” stated Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo, the appearing ECOWAS chair, after the talks. He stated {that a} mediating mission would return to Mali subsequent week to attempt to resolve excellent points.

“We’d like a civilian management of the transition and we’ve additionally made it clear that the minute that management enter is in place…the sanctions…could be lifted,” he stated.

Regional leaders concern the coup might set a harmful precedent in West Africa and undermine a combat in Mali and neighbouring international locations within the Sahel area towards Islamist militants with hyperlinks to al Qaeda and Islamic State.

Earlier than the talks started this morning, Akufo-Addo stated that the junta leaders wanted at hand over energy to a transitional authorities instantly.However the junta pushed via a constitution on Saturday that claims the interim president could be a soldier or a civilian and has not but indicated when the brand new authorities could be named. A spokesman for the junta didn’t reply to a request for remark after the talks.

West African leaders haven’t stated what the results could be for failing to satisfy the deadline. The sanctions embrace border closures and the suspension of monetary flows, although these had been eased so they didn’t hit unusual civilians.

The leaders stated that they’d be keen to permit a transitional authorities to face for 18 months, longer than the unique yr it requested for, Akufo-Addo stated.

(Writing by Edward McAllister and Aaron Ross; Modifying by Chizu Nomiyama)Disclaimer: This submit has been auto-published from an company feed with none modifications to the textual content and has not been reviewed by an editor