US welcomes ECOWAS agreement on transition in Mali

The United States has welcomed the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) resolution on democratic transition in Mali.
 Spokesperson of the Department of State, Ned Price, in a statement on Wednesday, said the United States is encouraged by the outcomes of the most recent ECOWAS Summit held on July 3.

The statement said the United States was pleased with the agreement between ECOWAS and Mali on a 24-month transition timeline starting in March 2022.

“We trust the transition government of Mali will turn its full attention to implementing the benchmarks of the remainder of the transition as expected by the Malian people and the international community.
 “We remain concerned by reports of allegations of human rights abuses and violations committed by the Malian Armed Forces alongside unaccountable international partners,” the statement said.

The statement added the US was encouraged by the transition government’s proposal to ECOWAS for a two-year transition timeline to return Burkina Faso to democratically elected governance.

“ECOWAS will continue to play an important role in support of transition processes and security.  We urge partners to prioritise productive engagement with the transition government and to take into account Burkina Faso’s security and humanitarian challenges.  We welcome the release of President Roch Marc Christian Kabore and look forward to hearing from Burkina Faso’s authorities on the next steps towards a transition,” the statement said.

On Guinea, it urged the transition government to move the country quickly toward a constitutional democracy through a transparent and consultative process.

“We welcome ECOWAS’s continued engagement in Guinea and encourage further cooperation and dialogue with all stakeholders.  We urge all stakeholders to work together to agree on a transition timeline with concrete, measurable benchmarks that facilitates progress towards democratic rule.  We welcome steps towards increased dialogue between stakeholders and firmly support the right of peaceful assembly exercised in peaceful protest,” the U.S. said.

It commended the leadership of Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo over the past year and welcomed the election of Bissau-Guinean President Umaro Embalo.

“The United States remains committed to supporting ECOWAS and the transition governments of Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso as they navigate their paths toward responsive democratic governance,” it said.


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