News / Africa

ECOWAS Technical Team Monitoring Mali Security Crisis

The president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, speaks during ECOWAS talks on Mali on July 7, 2012, in Ouagadougou. The president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, speaks during ECOWAS talks on Mali on July 7, 2012, in Ouagadougou.
x
The president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, speaks during ECOWAS talks on Mali on July 7, 2012, in Ouagadougou.
The president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, speaks during ECOWAS talks on Mali on July 7, 2012, in Ouagadougou.
Peter Clottey
An official of the Economic Community of West African states (ECOWAS) says the group’s technical team is assessing the situation in Mali to help the sub-regional bloc resolve the security crisis in that country.

Abdel Fatau Musah, ECOWAS director for external relations, said his organization is determined to ensure that Mali elects a new president by March next year as part of what he says is effort to restore constitutional order.

ome analysts have expressed concern that the current leadership in Mali  -- which came to power following the ouster of former President Amadou Toumani Toure. -- is not representative of the entire country.

Musah said regional heads of state that form the contact group on Mali have called on all interested domestic parties to form a government representing all segments of society.

“The decision they took was that before 31st July, they should come up with proposals on broadening the government to make it more inclusive in order to have a legitimate authority in [the capital], Bamako,” said Musah.  The new government, he said, would work with the international community on resolving an on-going constitutional crisis and a rebellion in the north.

The stakeholders’ proposal is expected to be handed over to Mali’s interim President Dioncounda Traoré, who will in turn present the document to ECOWAS appointed mediator and Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore for consideration.

“All the stakeholders should come together under the facilitation of the transitional government and the prime minister, to draw up a timetable and a roadmap with major paths along the way and a timeline for their execution leading up to the election of a new president for the country,” said Musah. 

West African leaders met Saturday in the Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou, with representatives of political parties and other civil society groups to talk about the way forward in Mali.

Some Malians have called for more support for the national army so it can crush the rebellion in the north. Musah said an ECOWAS standby force is ready to help.

“A technical assessment mission of ECOWAS with the participation of the African Union experts and also the U.N. experts are in Mali assessing the state of the army, and drawing up plans for the eventual deployment of these troops,” said Musah.

“Their main objective is; one, to secure the transitional process in Bamako. Number two, to work with the Malian army in order to restructure it, re-instill discipline and re-equip it and re-train it for the task ahead.” 

He said the Malian army will lead any effort to crush the rebellion in the north if dialogue with the rebels fails to resolve the security crisis.

“By March of next year, we expect to have a president installed.  We are very determined about that and all the stakeholders in Mali want it…ECOWAS has shown its commitment since the crisis began -- that the Malian situation is not only a national issue, it’s a regional issue,” Musah said.
Clottey interview with Dr. Abdel Fatau Musah, ECOWAS external relations director
Clottey interview with Dr. Abdel Fatau Musah, ECOWAS external relations director i
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

You May Like

Obama: I Will Do 'Everything I Can' to Close Guantanamo

US president says prison continues 'to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world' More

Sierra Leone Educates on Safe Ebola Burials

Also, country is improving at rapid response to isolated outbreaks, but health workers need to be even faster, officials say More

Religion Aside, Christmas Gains Popularity in Communist Vietnam

Increasingly wealthy Vietnamese embrace holiday due to its non-religious glamor, commercial appeal More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: jockey
July 10, 2012 3:38 AM
All the stakeholders should come together under the facilitation of the transitional government and the prime minister

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubansi
X
Sharon Behn
December 19, 2014 9:34 PM
For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
Video

Video US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubans

For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
Video

Video Three Cities Bid for Future Obama Presidential Library

President Barack Obama still has two years left in his term in office, but the effort to establish his post-presidential library is already underway. The bid for the Obama Presidential Library is down to four locations in three states -- New York, Hawaii, and Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, each of them played an important part in the president’s life before he reached the White House.
Video

Video Cuba Deal is Major Victory for Pope’s Diplomatic Initiatives

Pope Francis played a key role in brokering the US-Cuba deal that was made public earlier this week. It is the most stunning success so far in a series of peacemaking efforts by the pontiff. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video Fears of More Political Gridlock in 2015

2014 proved to be a difficult year politically for President Barack Obama and a very good year for the U.S. Republican Party. Republican gains in the November midterm elections gave them control of the Senate and House of Representatives for the next two years -- setting the stage for more confrontation and gridlock in the final two years of the Obama presidency. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.

All About America

AppleAndroid