President Nana Akufo-Addo, Chairman of ECOWAS, says there was need to bring finality to the upheaval in Mali.
According to him, the circumstances in Mali today require that closure be brought to the matter now.
The President was addressing a meeting convened by him at the Peduase Presidential Lodge to resolve the political stalemate in Mali.
He said it was his belief that a face to face meeting between the representatives of the ECOWAS Community and the military leaders in Bamako provided the best opportunity to find a resolution to the situation.
He said terrorist were taking advantage of the situation in Mali ” to flex their muscles even more” and thanked the military leader for responding positively to his invitation to the meeting.
The ECOWAS Chair reminded the meeting that today was the day for the military rulers to put in place a government which should respond to the criteria set in August by the bloc.
He said it was unfortunate that the deadline had not been met, but thanked the Malian military rulers for allowing Mr Keita to leave the country to seek medical attention in the United Arab Emirates.
Mali, a country of 20 million people, has since June 2020, witnessed numerous protests for Keita’s resignation, leading to elements of the Malian Armed Forces staging a coup on August 18 2020, forcing the 75 year old leader to resign and dissolve his government, with the Junta promising new elections within a reasonable timeline.
The Peduase meeting, the first official assignment of President Akufo-Addo after assuming the position as Chairman of the Commission, will consolidate all the mediation efforts by the bloc to return Mali to constitutional rule and prevent further deterioration of the political situation there.