West African heads of state were meeting at a summit in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday. ECOWAS looked at transitions in Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea. Three countries led by military juntas since coups. Finally, no easing or tightening of sanctions at this summit.
With our special envoy to Accra, Pierre Pinto
The heads of state have decided to postpone their decision until July 3, the next regular ECOWAS summit. So far, easing of sanctions against Mali and possible tightening of positions against Guinea were expected.
But this Saturday, the eight-door was quite long, a sign of possible disagreements. According to several sources, the member countries were divided into two camps. On the one hand, supporters of a firm line on Mali including Niger, Ghana and Nigeria. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari rarely visited the ECOWAS summit in Accra. And opposite, there were Member States in favor of easing sanctions that also have an impact on their economy, in particular.
Disagreements or more time left at the meetings?
Weren’t these two blocks able to tip the scales to one side or the other? Or have the heads of state decided to give the juntas more time to clarify their positions? Maybe a little of both.
In any case, the summit of Uemoa, which followed that of ECOWAS, turned into a grand oral for the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso. Albert Ouédraogo and for the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdoulaye Diop who were able to speak before the heads of state of this organization.