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

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

The CNSP has been given a week to “comply with their (ECOWAS) demands before the sanctions be lifted,” Ismael Wague said during a press briefing on ECOWAS’ mini-summit held in Accra, capital of Ghana, adding that ECOWAS threatened to impose a total embargo if their demands are not 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 military transition, we suggested that we could go in that direction. They refused,” Wague 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 here on Sept. 10-12, and discuss the lifting of sanctions on Mali.

According to Wague, the two sides did not reach agreement regarding the issue of power transition in Mali.

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

However, he added that “we told the ECOWAS that we could not 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 military or a civilian, appointed by a commission set up by the CNSP.

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

Wague said the trip to Accra “is not necessarily a failure,” since Goita was “expressly invited by president of Ghana. It is a form of recognition.”

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