ECOWAS Parliament sets up committee on Mali, Guinea Bissau crises

ECOWAS Parliament sets up committee on Mali, Guinea Bissau crises

Worried by the level of crises rocking its two member states, the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has raised a Parliamentary Committee on the political situation in the Republic of Mali and the Republic of Guinea Bissau.

This was part of the resolutions adopted by the Community Parliament at the end of its September 2012 Ordinary Session in Abuja.

Speaking at the end of the close of Session, the Speaker of the Parliament and Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu said the resolution became imperative to ensure that the progress in democratic rule, peace, and regional stability recorded by the sub-region was sustained.

The Speaker further stressed that the Parliament had considered it imperative for “the African Union to lend more vigorous support to ECOWAS initiatives to obtain the cooperation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Algeria and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania towards the planned deployment of the intervention force needed to restore the territorial integrity of Mali and secure the Community’s borders.

He added that the Parliament is also urging the United Nations Security Council to help fast-track the resolve by the government of Mali and ECOWAS to deploy an intervention force to Mali.

His words: “We resolved that the Authority of Heads of State and Government to expedite the application of targeted sanctions against the perpetrators of proven acts designed to obstruct the normal conduct of the Transition that has been painstakingly installed in Mali and whose success is paramount to ensure that the sacrifices the Community is making to restore the territorial integrity of Mali and restore constitutional order in the country yield fruit.

“We also called on the authorities of the transitional government and specifically the interim President of Mali to exercise the full extent of their powers to safeguard national independence and territorial integrity and respect international agreements, while political and social forces must remain united in their defence of democratic values and the ideals of regional and African integration”