The spokesperson for the Party for Civic and Patriotic Action (PACP) is optimistic and calls on the high sense of Malians to come together around the essentials. Finding a consensual timetable first in Mali and then proposing it to the other partners is one of the main recommendations of Kaou Abdrahamane Diallo, the party’s spokesperson.
“Like our compatriots, we were shocked by these iniquitous decisions of ECOWAS during the Conference of Heads of State extended to a session of UEMOA held in a country that is not a member of UEMOA. This means that the stakes were high against Mali. Mali has broken many locks in our space. It became really crucial to give a collective punishment to the authorities currently in charge of the transition in Mali.
These sanctions shocked us because they are illegal and illegitimate. Sub-regional organizations are instruments for our countries to work towards the vital and essential needs of our respective populations. They should not be used to settle personal scores.
Mali has always been the victim of a proxy war. If you read the summit resolutions, they went so far as to state in their resolutions where Mali is accused of having contracted with another country. This is under the sovereignty of our country and ECOWAS has no vocation to interfere in these issues. We believe that these sanctions are a punishment against our people. They have no other purpose than to incite the populations to rise up against the authorities of the transition. It is a monumental error, because they succeeded in welding, in making the people become one with the authorities.
We were all the more shocked by the recall of ambassadors who intervene only at serious moments of collaboration in the life of a nation. Mali did not attack anyone. Mali has not invaded any country. When one of our brother friends was attacked and saw his president assassinated, I mean Libya, it was at this time that the Heads of State should recall their ambassadors from the sponsoring countries. But, they didn’t. They all kept a guilty silence. Mali is a victim who experiences terrorism and suffers collateral damage from a war imposed on a friendly country, the negative repercussions of which impact the entire Sahel today.
Those who play arsonist firefighters today are painting the authorities of the transition as negative people. ECOWAS dared to recall its ambassadors from a country whose interests are linked to theirs, especially in the same space with the same populations sharing almost everything. We believe in the PACP that these sanctions are guided. To teach ECOWAS a lesson to allow heads of state who have served third terms, who are also contested in their countries for not creating other vocations or other troubles in the ECOWAS space.
The authorities have not closed the door to dialogue. ECOWAS has not closed it in its resolutions either. Mali is open to dialogue, but to respect. With mutual respect and interests on both sides. We are not the ones who will close the door to dialogue. Mali will continue to act in the best interests of its people. On these issues, Mali never compromises. We believe that in the days to come, the authorities will consult with all the active forces of the nation and present a timetable. We hope that the appearance of this timetable will help to lower the tension a little and reassure ECOWAS a little.
Mali no longer wants to return to cyclical crises. That is why we should not rush to go to the elections. So, it is important not to rush this transition. We quickly estimate that reason will prevail and that ECOWAS will operate a better understanding of the complexity of the Malian crisis. We are hopeful because we believe in the virtues of dialogue.
The PACP quickly proposes that the President of the Transition begin consultations with the entire political class, all the living forces of the nation. If it is true that most of the population participated in the meetings, it is also true that some did not join the process because they did not believe. The authorities must speak with everyone. It is at the end of these consultations that we can draw up a timetable resulting from a Malian consensus first before proposing it to our partners. We are optimistic. The Malians will be able to silence their differences and get to the point”.