ECOWAS unhappy with Mali’s 24-month transition decision | Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions News

Heads of state from ECOWAS member nations have agreed to not raise sanctions towards Mali until the federal government proposes a shorter transition.

The Financial Neighborhood of West African States (ECOWAS) says it regrets a choice by Mali’s interim authorities to delay the return to civilian rule by 24 months whereas negotiations between the 2 sides had been ongoing.

Mali’s army authorities, which first got here to energy in an August 2020 coup, issued a decree on Monday fixing the 24-month timetable, to be counted from March 2022.

“ECOWAS regrets that whereas negotiations are nonetheless ongoing to succeed in a consensus, the Malian authorities took this resolution on the transition,” the bloc mentioned in a late Monday assertion.

It mentioned an ECOWAS negotiator would proceed to have interaction Malian authorities to succeed in a “mutually agreed timeline”.

The 15-member regional bloc has been pushing for a shorter extension of 16 months at most.

In January, ECOWAS had imposed stiff sanctions after the army rulers mentioned they might not organise democratic elections the next month as initially deliberate.

Heads of state from ECOWAS member nations met just lately in Ghana, the place they agreed to not raise sanctions towards Mali until the federal government proposes a shorter transition. They’re anticipated to carry one other summit earlier than July 3.

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