an ECOWAS delegation takes stock in Ouagadougou

Discussions between the ECOWAS delegation led by Bissau-Guinea President Umaro Sissoco Embalo this Sunday 24 July focused on an assessment of the transition process in Burkina Faso since the last Accra Summit.

as reported from Ouagadougou, Yaya Boudani

Appointed President of the Conference of Heads of State of ECOWAS since the last summit in Accra, Umaru Sissoco Emballo was accompanied by the former President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou, facilitator, and the President of the ECOWAS Commission. The delegation met the chairman of the transition around recent decisions of the Accra Summit.

The President of the ECOWAS Conference of Heads of State has confirmed the 24-month period given to Burkinabè soldiers to hand over power to civilians. “We had very good discussions with the Burkinabè authorities. We have a consensus on the 24-month deadline and we have emphasized the importance of the deadline,” Umaro Sissoco Embalo said after his meeting with Faso’s president, Lt. Col. Paul Henri Damiba.

For the delegation of the Economic Community of West African States, the security challenge, the humanitarian issue, the return to the constitutional order, the mobilization of resources and the establishment of the monitoring and evaluation mechanism are the most important axes and on which the government of the transition must focus.

President Umaro Sissoco Embalo called for mobilization together with Burkina Faso because the security issue is not only a Burkina Faso issue but “a sub-regional issue”. He also welcomed the progress made in Burkina Faso in terms of security because “attacks have decreased a little”, he said.

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