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N°: 084/2012
28 March 2012 [Abidjan - Cote d' Ivoire]

ECOWAS CHAIRMAN OUATTARA LEADS HIGH-LEVEL DELEGATION TO MALI

							
	A high-level delegation of ECOWAS leaders led by the Chairman of the Authority 
of Heads of State and Government, President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d'Ivoire 
is due in Mali within 48 hours to secure the speedy restoration of 
constitutional order in the country following the 22nd March 2012 coup that 
ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure.
	
The dispatch of the delegation, which also includes the Chairman of the 
African Union, President  Thomas  Boni Yayi of Benin Republic and the 
Presidents of Burkina Faso, Liberia, Niger and Nigeria, was one of the 
decisions of the Tuesday, 27th March 2012 extraordinary summit of regional 
leaders held in Abidjan.
	
The visit will be preceded on Wednesday, 28th March 2012 by that of the chiefs 
of defence staff of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, Nigeria, 
Senegal and Togo who will be in the country with a five-pronged mandate.
	
The chiefs of defence staff delegation which also includes the President of 
the ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador Kadre Desire Ouedraogo and other ECOWAS 
officials will sensitize the junta on the need for rapid return to 
constitutional order and also inform them of recent measures envisaged by 
ECOWAS to assist the country preserve its territorial integrity.
	
It will also evaluate the military situation on the ground and the command 
chain; intimate the junta on the possibility of sanctions for non- compliance 
and inform them of other possible measures that may be taken by ECOWAS to re-
establish constitutional order.
	
The Abidjan summit also instructed the ECOWAS Commission to put the ECOWAS 
Standby Force in a state of readiness for all eventualities.
	
The summit which examined the political developments in the country condemned 
the overthrow of the democratically-elected government and  categorically 
denies any form of legitimacy to the junta which called itself the Committee 
for the Restoration of Democracy and the State.
	
The regional leaders reminded the junta of its responsibility for the safety 
and security of President Toure and other political detainees.
	
They also announced the immediate suspension of Mali from participation in all 
decision-making bodies of ECOWAS in accordance with the provisions of the 
Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and the African 
Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.
	
In the event of non-compliance by the junta with these decisions, the summit 
urged all ECOWAS Member States to immediately impose a travel ban as well as 
diplomatic and financial embargo on members of the junta and their close 
collaborators.
	
The summit also welcomed the decisions of the European Union and other 
partners to suspend development assistance and the suspension of Mali by the 
African Union.
	
Furthermore, the regional leaders reiterated their condemnation of the  
atrocities being perpetrated by rebels in the North of Mali, the activities of 
terrorist cells and networks of transnational organized crime that have 
transformed that part of the country into a zone of acute insecurity and 
banditry.
	
They reiterated the call by ECOWAS on the separatist Movement for the National
Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and other militias operating in the country and 
which are blamed for the atrocities to observe a ceasefire, lay down their 
weapons and seek redress of their grievances through dialogue.
	
The summit, which was attended by representatives of Algeria and Mauritania, 
named President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso as mediator in the Malian 
crisis with the mandate to interact with relevant stakeholders and engage them 
in fruitful dialogue for the restoration of peace in the country taking into 
account ongoing efforts in this direction.
	
The summit warned that the region "will take all necessary measures to end the 
rebellion and secure the territorial integrity of Mali, including the use of 
force."
	
It also decided to despatch a joint ECOWAS-AU-UN fact-finding mission to 
Guinea Bissau in connection with the forthcoming presidential run-off election 
and the security situation in the country.
	
The Heads of State also endorsed the candidature of Nigeria's Minister of 
Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the post of the President of the World 
Bank.
	
The summit also congratulated candidate Macky Sall on his remarkable victory 
in the 25th March 2012 Presidential election in Senegal and paid tribute to 
the outgoing President Abdoulaye Wade, for gracefully conceding defeat and for 
his contribution to the consolidation of democracy in the country and region.
	


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