The ECOWAS Commission deplores that despite the efforts made to find political
solutions to the separatist crisis in Mali, the situation has seriously
deteriorated over the past days with the attack perpetrated by rebel groups on
Government positions, which resulted in the capture of Konna, when the ECOWAS
Mediation invited the parties to a dialogue on 10th January 2013.
In these grave circumstances, the ECOWAS Commission reiterates the Community’s
commitment to support the Government and People of Mali to preserve Mali’s
territorial integrity and combat terrorism.
The Commission welcomes UN Security Council Press Release of 10th January 2013
authorising immediate intervention in Mali to stabilise the situation. The
Commission thanks the French Government for its initiatives to support Mali.
The Commission reaffirms the previous decisions of the Authority of Heads of
State and Government on Mali. In conformity to these decisions and against the
backdrop of Resolution 2085 of the UN Security Council, the Chairman of the
Authority of Heads of State and Government, in light of the urgency of the
situation, has decided to authorise the immediate deployment of ECOWAS troops
within the AFISMA framework. Measures will be taken to implement this decision.
The Commission reiterates its support and encouragement to the Malian Defence
and Security Forces and commits to take all necessary measures to repel this
attack. It commends the efforts of the ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence
Staff in the implementation of Resolution 2085 of the UN Security Council.
The Commission thanks the African Union, United Nations, partner countries and
the International Community for their support and calls on all to actively and
urgently contribute to efforts aimed at stabilising the situation.
It cautions against any attitude which hampers the transition process and the
decisions of the International Community, which will be liable to targeted
Abuja, 12 January 2013
H.E Kadre Desiré Ouédraogo
President of the ECOWAS Commission