Extension of the transition: 5 years of discord

The council of ministers of Mali called on Monday for the general mobilization of all Malians from January 14 against the conclusions of the extraordinary summits of UEMOA (West African Economic and Monetary Union) and ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) held on January 9 in Accra, Ghana.

Faced with “extreme measures” taken against a landlocked member state and at war against terrorism for a decade, the Malian government has decided to develop a response plan to safeguard national sovereignty and preserve integrity of the territory, the statement said.

The transitional government also asked all its social partners to observe a truce in their demands in order to allow the country to “face the challenges of the hour”. The government urged the Malians to remain “calm and serene” by reassuring them that all measures will be taken to face the consequences of the measures decreed by ECOWAS and UEMOA.

On the night of January 9 to 10, the government of Mali decided to recall its ambassadors accredited to ECOWAS member states and to close its land and air borders with the states concerned, in reaction to the economic sanctions imposed. by ECOWAS and UEMOA.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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