ECOWAS DELEGATION DUE IN BISSAU TO IMPRESS ON IMMEDIATE RETURN TO CONSTITUTIONAL RULE An ECOWAS delegation led by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, His
Excellency Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, is due in Guinea Bissau on Monday, 16th
April 2012 to deliver a special message from the Chairman of the Authority of
Heads of State and Government to the military junta, reiterating the
principled position of ECOWAS rejecting the military take-over of power on
12th April and insisting on the immediate restoration of constitutional order.
The delegation comprises, among others, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of
Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and the Chiefs
of Defence Staff of Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea and Nigeria.
It will also include representatives of political officers from ECOWAS Member
States and officials of the Commission.
The delegation will reaffirm ECOWAS' rejection of the coup which has been
widely condemned by the international community, including the AU and UN, and
impress on the junta to restore constitutional rule immediately.
In its strong reaction to the military coup, the ECOWAS Commission
particularly expressed disappointment with the timing, coming just days after
a joint ECOWAS-AU-UN mission had met with the military hierarchy to warn
against any temptation to disrupt the on-going electoral process in the
The statement warned that the coup makers would be held responsible for the
safety and security of political leaders, the population, institutions, and
property in the country and reminded them of the Community’s zero tolerance
for power obtained by unconstitutional means, as enshrined in the
Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.
The ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council, which met at the ministerial level
just before the announcement of the coup, had also recommended the dispatch of
a military contingent to Guinea Bissau to replace the departing Angolan
Mission to ensure the effective implementation of the regional road map for
the country's defence and security sector reform programme; secure persons and
property during the scheduled 29th April 2012 presidential run-off election
and ensure the sanctity of the electoral process.
The Council also agreed on the dispatch of a mixed civilian-military
delegation to Guinea Bissau under the auspices of the regional mediator,
President Alpha Conde of Guinea, to meet with key stakeholders within the
political class and the military so as to douse the political tension arising
from the inconclusive first round presidential election of 18th March 2012 in