COMUNIDADE ECONOMICA DOS

ESTADOS DA AFRICA OCIDENTAL

ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF

WEST AFRICAN STATES

COMMUNAUTE ECONOMIQUE

DES ETATS DE L’AFRIQUE

EXTRAORDINARY SESSION
OF THE ECOWAS AUTHORITY OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT

Original: French

Videoconference, 8 September 2021

FINAL COMMUNIQUE

  1. The Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic
    Community of West African States (ECOWAS) convened an Extraordinary Session
    via videoconference on 8 September 2021, under the chairmanship of H.E. Nana
    Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana and Chair of
    the Authority, to review the political situation in Guinea and the political
    transition in Mali.
  2. Present at the Summit were the under-listed ECOWAS Heads of State and
    Government or their duly mandated representatives:
    H. E. Roch Marc Christian Kabore, President of Burkina Faso
    H. E. Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire H.E. Adama Barrow, President of the Republic of The Gambia H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana H. E. Umaro Sissoco Embalo, President of the Republic of Guinea Bissau H.E. Georges Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia H.E. Mohamed Bazoum, President of the Republic of Niger H. E. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal H. E. Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone H. E. Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe, President of the Togolese Republic H.E. Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Aurélien Agbenonci, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Benin H.E. Rui Alberto de Figueiredo Soares, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Regional Integration of the Republic of Cabo Verde.
  1. The session was also attended by H.E. Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, President
    of the ECOWAS Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the
    African Union Commission and H.E. Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special
    Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for West Africa.
  2. The Heads of State and Government took note of the Memorandum
    presented by the President of the Commission on the political situation in the
    Republic of Guinea characterised by the coup d’état, which occurred, on 5
    September 2021, by members of the Special Forces of the Republic of Guinea, led
    by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya.
  3. The Heads of State also took note of the report of the follow-up mission on
    the political transition in the Republic of Mali presented by the Mediator, H.E.
    Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
  4. They commended the quality of the memorandum and the report as well
    as the relevant recommendations contained therein.
  5. The Authority, after deliberations, endorsed the main recommendations
    contained in the different reports, and took the following decisions:

On the political situation in the Republic of Guinea

  1. The Authority expresses deep concern over the political developments in the Republic of Guinea following the coup d’état of 5 September 2021 and their
    consequences for regional peace and stability. It reaffirms its unreserved
    opposition to any political change by unconstitutional means and condemns, in
    the strongest terms, this coup.
  2. The Authority demands respect for the physical safety of the President of
    the Republic and Head of State, H.E. Alpha Condé, and his immediate and
    unconditional release, as well as that of all arrested persons. It holds the coup
    plotters, under the aegis of the National Committee for Reconciliation and
    Development (CNRD), individually and collectively responsible for the physical
    safety of President Alpha Condé and the arrested persons.
  3. The Authority calls for the immediate return to constitutional order and
    demands that the Defence and Security Forces maintain a constitutional posture.
  4. The Heads of State and Government express their solidarity with the
    people of Guinea and affirm their determination to take every necessary action
    for the restoration of constitutional order in Guinea, in conformity with the
    Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance. To that end, the
    Authority decides as follows:
    a. to suspend Guinea from all ECOWAS governing bodies with immediate
    effect,
    b. to immediately dispatch a high-level ECOWAS mission to Guinea to assess
    the situation,
    c. the Authority will review the situation in light of developments in the
    Republic of Guinea and the Assessment mission report.
  5. The Authority calls on the African Union and the United Nations to endorse
    the decisions stated in paragraphs 8, 9, 10 and 11 of this Final Communique.
  6. The Authority decides to remain actively seized on the matter.
    On the political transition in the Republic of Mali
  7. The Authority considered the report by the Mediator, H.E. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on his mission to Mali from 5 to 7 September 2021. The mission
    reviewed the transition process and, particularly, the progress made in the
    preparations for the election scheduled to be held in February 2022.
  8. The Authority welcomes the relative calm observed in the country and
    takes note of the renewed commitment of the transitional authorities to respect
    the planned duration of the transition period. The Authority also takes note of the lifting of the restrictive measures imposed on the former President of the
    Transition, H.E. Bah N’Daw, and the former Prime Minister, Mr Moctar Ouane. It
    calls on the Chair of the Authority to remain seized of the matter and of the
    conditions of detention of former senior government officials, particularly, the
    former Prime Minister, Mr. Boubeye Maiga, a person of advanced age.
  9. The Authority expresses great concern over the lack of progress in the
    preparations for the different election-related activities scheduled for the end of
    February 2022, in accordance with the decisions of the Authority. It urges the
    Transitional Government to draw up, rapidly a timetable detailing the calendar,
    reforms and priority actions to be undertaken, including the consensual definition of the legal framework for the elections, the preparation of the voters
    list, and the choice of the body to conduct the elections. The Authority insists on
    adherence to the agreed electoral timetable.
  10. The Authority reaffirms ECOWAS’ commitment to supporting the Republic
    of Mali for a successful transition and calls on multilateral and bilateral partners
    to continue to support the transition process, particularly in the preparations for
    the elections. In this connection, the Authority congratulates the Mediator, and
    urges him to continue his efforts for a successful transition in Mali.
  11. The Heads of State and Government express their deep gratitude to H.E.
    Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana and Chair
    of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, for his leadership of the Community.

Done via Videoconference, this 8th day of September 2021


The Authority

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