Heads of state from ECOWAS member nations have agreed to not carry sanctions in opposition to Mali except the federal government proposes a shorter transition.

The Financial Neighborhood of West African States (ECOWAS) says it regrets a choice by Mali’s interim authorities to delay the return to civilian rule by 24 months whereas negotiations between the 2 sides have been ongoing.

Mali’s navy authorities, which first came to power in an August 2020 coup, issued a decree on Monday fixing the 24-month timetable, to be counted from March 2022.

“ECOWAS regrets that whereas negotiations are nonetheless ongoing to achieve a consensus, the Malian authorities took this determination on the transition,” the bloc stated in a late Monday assertion.

It stated an ECOWAS negotiator would proceed to have interaction Malian authorities to achieve a “mutually agreed timeline”.

The 15-member regional bloc has been pushing for a shorter extension of 16 months at most.

In January, ECOWAS had imposed stiff sanctions after the navy rulers stated they might not organise democratic elections the next month as initially deliberate.

Heads of state from ECOWAS member nations met just lately in Ghana, the place they agreed to not carry sanctions in opposition to Mali except the federal government proposes a shorter transition. They’re anticipated to carry one other summit earlier than July 3.

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