Proffer durable solutions to Guinea, Mali crisis – Akufo-Addo to ECOWAS leaders

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Chairman of ECOWAS, President Akufo-Addo has charged ECOWAS leaders to take seriously the political crisis in the Republics of Guinea and Mali and proffer durable solutions to them.

According to him, if no lasting solutions are found, the instability in the two countries right destabilise the West African sub-region.

In his opening remarks at the ECOWAS Extraordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government in Accra today, Thursday, September 16, 2021, President Akufo-Addo said the positive response to the meeting is a clear indication of “the solidarity and commitment of the ECOWAS community to the democracy, peace, prosperity and unity of the region.”

“We are required to take informed decisions on these matters that would have long term consequences to the stability and the defence of democratic values of our region,” he said.

“I count on you, Your Excellencies, to help proffer durable solutions to the crisis,” President Akufo-Addo said.

“I am confident that as in the past, we will rise to the occasion,” he added.

As part of the agenda for the summit which has in attendance, eight presidents, one vice-president and three foreign affairs ministers, consideration will be given to the report of the High-Level Mission to the Republic of Guinea, which was led by the Chairperson of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers and Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional and Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey.

The meeting will also be presented with an update on the transition in the Republic of Mali by the ECOWAS Mediator on Mali, Mr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Heads of State would then deliberate on the reports and issue a final communiqué.

“The delegation went to Guinea on Friday, the 10th of September, met the military leaders and saw President Alpha Conde at his place of detention. They have made a report to us, which will be the basis of our deliberations at this emergency summit on Guinea. We will receive also a report from the mediator of the Malian crisis, His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan, the former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on developments in Mali,” President Akufo-Addo added.

SourceABC News

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