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ECOWAS: the extraordinary summit on Burkina canceled!

The Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) scheduled to be held on October 13 and 14, 2022 in Dakar, Senegal has been cancelled. This postponement would be due to the assurance given by Captain Ibrahim Traoré on the respect of the calendar of the sub-regional organization.

The ECOWAS Heads of State should meet on October 13 and 14 for an extraordinary summit on the West African security situation, particularly that of Burkina Faso. But against all odds the sub-regional institution announced Thursday the cancellation of the meeting.

« There will be no summit, » Ghanaian Ambassador Abdel Fatau Musah, ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, said Thursday, October 6. occasion of a press lunch as a prelude to the 8th edition of the International Summit on Peace and Security to be held on October 24 and 25 in Dakar, Senegal according to Apanews.

On the reasons for this postponement, the Senegalese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aissata Tall Sall, explained that there was an extraordinary ECOWAS summit on the situation in Burkina Faso following the second coup.

“In the meantime, we have all followed the declaration of Captain Ibrahim Traoré who agrees to implement the ECOWAS agenda. So, from that moment, we would have met to do what » she suggested while specifying « It was not appropriate for the Heads of State to meet in Dakar to discuss a question already settled ».

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During his visit on Tuesday, October 4 to Ouagadougou with an ECOWAS mission, Mahamadou Issoufou, ECOWAS mediator for Burkina Faso, said he was satisfied with the exchanges with Captain Ibrahim Traoré, Head of State and President of the Movement Patriotic for Backup and Restore (MPSR).

« We are leaving confident and I can assure you that ECOWAS will continue to support the people of Burkina Faso in this very difficult ordeal they are going through, » he said.

In addition, Aissata Tall Sall, the Senegalese Minister of Foreign Affairs assured that the sub-regional organization will meet in ordinary session next December to assess the situation in Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea.

Yaovi AGBEGNIGAN

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