1. The Authority of Heads of State and Government of the EconomicCommunity of West African States (ECOWAS) convened in Extraordinary Sessionon 16 September 2021 in Accra, Republic of Ghana, under the chairmanship of H.E.Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana and Chair ofthe Authority, to review political developments in the Republic of Guinea. TheHeads of State also reviewed the latest development of the transition in theRepublic of Mali.
2. Present at the Summit were the under-listed ECOWAS Heads of State andGovernment 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. 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 A. Agbenonci, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of theRepublic of Benin;H.E. Filomena Mendes Gonϛalves, Minister of the Presidency of the Council ofMinisters of the Republic of Cabo Verde;H.E. Mamadou Tangara, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperationand Gambians Abroad of the Republic of The Gambia.3. The session was also attended by H.E. Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, President ofthe ECOWAS Commission, H.E. Goodluck Jonathan, former President of theFederal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS Mediator to Mali, and H.E. MahamatSaleh Annadif, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General forWest Africa.
4. The Heads of State and Government took note of the Report of the HighLevel Mission dispatched to the Republic of Guinea on 10 September 2021,following the Extraordinary Session of the Authority held via videoconference on8 September 2021. They also took note of the report on the political transition inthe Republic of Mali, presented by the Mediator H.E Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
5. They commended the quality of the reports and the relevance of therecommendations contained therein.
6. The Authority, after deliberations, endorsed the main recommendationscontained in the Mission's report.
7. The Authority reiterates its unreserved condemnation of the coup of 5September 2021 and reaffirms its demand for the immediate and unconditionalrelease of President Alpha Conde. It also reminds members of the NationalCommittee for Reconciliation and Development (CNRD) that they are individuallyand collectively responsible for the physical safety of President Alpha Conde.
8. The Authority was apprised of the current socio-political situation in theRepublic of Guinea and of the apparent commitment of the National Committee forReconciliation and Development (CNRD) to work towards a swift return toconstitutional order. It also took note of the CNRD's decision to hold consultationswith all national and international stakeholders on the socio-political situation inthe Republic of Guinea. The Authority expressed its concern about the resurgenceof coups after the coups in Mali in 2020 and 2021.
9. After consideration of the Report and subsequent deliberations, theAuthority decides as follows:a. to uphold the suspension of Guinea from all ECOWAS governing bodiesuntil the restoration of constitutional order;b. to ensure the conduct of presidential and legislative elections within six(6) months in order to restore constitutional rule in the Republic ofGuinea;c. to impose sanctions, in accordance with extant ECOWAS Protocols, oftravel bans on the members of the CNRD and their family members andof freeze of their financial assets;d. to call on the African Union, the European Union, the United Nations,and other multilateral and bilateral partners to support theimplementation of these sanctions;e. to ensure that no member of the CNRD is allowed to contest in thepresidential election;f. ECOWAS to accompany Guinea in the swift resolution of the crisis andin the preparations for the elections.
10. The Authority calls on the African Union, the United Nations anddevelopment partners to endorse the decisions and support the restoration ofconstitutional rule in the Republic of Guinea.
11. Members of the Authority request the Chair of the Authority to visit theRepublics of Guinea and Mali as soon as possible to convey in person the decisionof the Authority.
12. The Authority decides to remain actively seized on the matter.
On the Political Transition in the Republic of Mali
13. The Authority remains deeply concerned about the slow pace ofpreparations for the elections scheduled for late February 2022 in the Republic ofMali.
14. The Authority reiterates its demands for strict adherence to thetransition timetable leading to the effective conduct of elections within the nonnegotiable deadline of February 2022. To this end, the Authority calls 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 theconduct of elections on the agreed date.
15. The Authority decides to impose targeted sanctions against persons orgroups of persons whose actions have a negative impact on the transitiontimetable, as decided by the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government. Thesesanctions would include travel ban on such persons and their family membersand the freezing of their financial assets. To this end, the Authority instructs thePresident of the ECOWAS Commission to compile and submit a list of suchpersons and groups of persons.
16. The Authority strongly condemns the continued arrest and detention ofpolitical leaders and opponents by the transitional authorities. It also demandsthat the issue be handled in line with the rule of law and respect for human rights.17. Regarding security, the Authority strongly condemns the decision of thetransitional authorities to hire private security companies in Mali and is greatlyconcerned about its consequences on the deterioration of the security situation inMali and the region as a whole.
On the Strengthening of Democracy18. In light of recent developments in the region, the Authority reaffirms thatthe consolidation of democracy and good governance is crucial for thedevelopment, peace and stability of the region. Consequently, the Authorityinstructs the President of the Commission to initiate the process of reviewingthe 2001 Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance inorder to ensure democracy, peace and stability in our region.
19. 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 ofthe ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, for his leadership of theCommunity.
Done in Accra, this 16th day of September 2021
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