Mali: The NCSP Junta Awaits a Response on Sanctions from ECOWAS

In the midst of all the instability in recent months, Malian people are the ones most affected by both the political turmoil and economic sanctions.
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Former President Goodluck Jonathan

The Malian National Committee for the Salvation of the People (NCSP) is awaiting a response from the representatives of the Economic Community of West African States ( ECOWAS) following a public appeal by the junta leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, on Tuesday for the lifting of sanctions following the election of the transitional president, Bah N'daou, under one of the conditions imposed by the organization.

On Wednesday, as an ECOWAS special envoy, Goodluck Jonathan, the former Nigerian Head of State, was in Bamako. Another visit to the West African region, as he has been assisting Mali in talks in the midst of the political crisis over the past few months.

As far as a response from the organisation, the political mediator expressed the current state of affairs, "Lifting the sanctions is not an issue. In every part of the group, ECOWAS does not want any sanctions. It is very unfortunate that this has to be done. So ECOWAS is willing to make that declaration. The president of the group, the President of Ghana, is the person who will make that pronouncement."

The colonel also tried to fulfil the post-coup pledge of the NCSP to uphold all international agreements (including anti-jihadist efforts in the region) and also called for the Malian people's support as a public show of good faith during the 60-year independence day celebration ceremony.

In the midst of all the instability in recent months, Malian people are the ones most affected by both the political turmoil and economic sanctions.

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