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ECOWAS condemns Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso for violating exit rules

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Financial Neighborhood of West African States (ECOWAS), the West African regional political and financial union, said on Thursday that the military-led international locations of Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso didn’t abide by the principles for leaving the bloc. On the identical time, regional ministers met to debate leaving the bloc, which jeopardizes a long time of integration.

The junta leaders of Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso launched a joint statement on January 28 on nationwide tv saying that they had been withdrawing from ECOWAS. They accused ECOWAS of betraying its founding principles, endangering its member states, and exposing it to international affect. The three juntas additionally described the sanctions imposed by ECOWAS on the three international locations after their navy takeover as “unlawful, illegitimate, inhumane, and irresponsible.”

ECOWAS responded on the identical day that that they had not but obtained any direct formal notification from the three states of their intention to withdraw from the union. ECOWAS additionally famous that these international locations remained essential members of the group and that the ECOWAS Fee continued to comply with developments.

In response to Article 91 of the Revised Treaty of ECOWAS, any member state wishing to withdraw from the union should notify the manager secretary in writing one 12 months prematurely. For a interval of 1 12 months, the state shall proceed to adjust to the provisions of the treaty and assume its obligations below the treaty.

President Omar AlieuTouray stated:

The hasty resolution to withdraw from ECOWAS doesn’t take into consideration the situations of withdrawal from ECOWAS as stipulated within the revised 1993 ECOWAS Treaty. However extra importantly, the three member states have not likely thought concerning the implications of this resolution for his or her residents.

In a unprecedented assembly of the Mediation and Safety Council (MSC) on Thursday, the withdrawal of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali from the union is mentioned in addition to the political state of affairs in Senegal. Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, Chairman of the PSC and Minister of Overseas Affairs of Nigeria, referred to as the assembly essential “to search out solutions to the challenges of those selections.”

Navy coups have taken place in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, the place elected governments had been overthrown by navy juntas, who then proclaimed to be the brand new chief of the respective international locations. Because the navy coups, ECOWAS has been calling on all three international locations to return to constitutional orders and has imposed economic sanctions on them. In August 2023, ECOWAS rejected a proposal by Niger’s navy junta to carry elections inside three years. The juntas have referred to as ECOWAS’ posture within the political conflicts “irrational and unacceptable.”

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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