As part of measures to return the Republic of Guinea to constitutional governance following the recent coup by the country’s elite military special forces code-named National Committee for Reconciliation and Development (CNRD), the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has concluded an arrangement to impose sanctions, in accordance with extant ECOWAS Protocols, of travel bans on the members of the CNRD and their family members and freeze of their financial assets.
This is part of the resolutions reached the Extraordinary Session the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS held in Accra, Republic of Ghana.
Other decisions at the Extraordinary Session include: “To uphold the suspension of Guinea from all ECOWAS governing bodies until the restoration of constitutional order.
“To ensure the conduct of presidential and legislative elections within six (6) months in order to restore constitutional rule in the Republic of Guinea.
“To call on the African Union, the European Union, the United Nations, and other multilateral and bilateral partners to support the
implementation of these sanctions.
“To ensure that no member of the CNRD is allowed to contest in the presidential election and ECOWAS to accompany Guinea in the swift resolution of the crisis and in the preparations for the elections”.
The Authority called on the African Union, the United Nations and
development partners to endorse the decisions and support the restoration of
the constitutional rule in the Republic of Guinea.
Members of the Authority also requested the Chair of the Authority to visit the Republics of Guinea and Mali as soon as possible to convey in person the decision of the Authority.
The Authority decided to remain actively seized on the matter.
On the political transition in the Republic of Mali, the Authority remains deeply concerned about the slow pace of
preparations for the elections scheduled for late February 2022 in the Republic of
Mali.
It reiterated its demands for strict adherence to the transition timetable leading to the effective conduct of elections within the non-
negotiable deadline of February 2022.
To this end, the Authority called on the transitional authorities to submit, by the end of October 2021 at the latest, the
timetable, for setting out the essential steps to be taken for the February 2022 elections.
It insists on the implementation of only the necessary reforms for the conduct of elections on the agreed date.
The Authority also decided to impose targeted sanctions against persons or groups of persons whose actions have a negative impact on the transition
timetable, as decided by the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government.
These sanctions would include travel ban on such persons and their family members and the freezing of their financial assets.
They instructed the
President of the ECOWAS Commission to compile and submit a list of such persons and groups of persons.
The Authority strongly condemns the continued arrest and detention of
political leaders and opponents by the transitional authorities, while demanding that the issue be handled in line with the rule of law and respect for human rights.

 


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