Mali’s governing body given one week to put in place demands of ECOWAS

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Bamako  – Mali’s National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), the country’s current governing body set up by mutinous soldiers, had been given one week to meet the demands of the Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to avoid a total embargo, said CNSP’s spokesperson on Wednesday.

“The CNSP has been given a week to comply with their (ECOWAS) demands before the sanctions placed on the country cann be lifted,’’ Ismael Wague said during a press briefing on ECOWAS’ mini-summit held in Accra, capital of Ghana.

Wague added that ECOWAS threatened to impose a total embargo if their demands are met, which includes a civil political transition in the nation.

“We told the ECOWAS clearly that we are at the service of the people. Since the majority spoke of a transition, we suggested that we could go in that direction. They refused,’’ he said.

CNSP’s President Assimi Goita went to Accra on Tuesday with a delegation to explain to ECOWAS heads of state and government the conclusions of the national consultations held Sept. 10 to 12, and to discuss the lifting of sanctions on Mali.

Wague said that the two sides did reach any agreement regarding the issue of power transition in Mali.

“There was no agreement on the transition in Accra. It was our mission. We went to share with them (the ECOWAS) the results of the consultations, but not to go and sign an agreement.

“We told ECOWAS that we could decide right away and that we will come back and discuss in accordance with what is in the Transition Charter,’’ he said.

According to the Transition Charter, which was adopted by some 500 participants from different forces of the nation after three days of the consultations, the eventual transitional president will be either a or a civilian, appointed by a commission set up by the CNSP.

But in the final communiqué of the mini-summit, ECOWAS demanded that the political transition be headed by a civilian, and the CNSP be immediately dissolved once the civil transition takes place.

“The trip to Accra is necessarily a failure, since Goita was expressly invited by president of Ghana.

“It is a form of recognition,’’ Wague said.