“We have agreed to follow your logic, we have suffered for you, despite the fact that no solution has been proposed, so it is not today that you are going to give in and accept the proposals that have been made to you by the ECOWAS from the start,” warn the members of the grin.
The latter fear that their sacrifice will be in vain. “If it should end like this, why all this for this? », they lament. Indeed, in the eyes of the members of the grin, the recent activities of the transitional authorities sufficiently prove that they have no other alternatives and that they want to reconnect with ECOWAS in view of the remarks made by the Prime Minister before the CNT on the issue. And also on May 4, a delegation led by the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdoulaye Diop, was in Togo to seek the mediation of President Faure Gnassingbé with ECOWAS for a way out of the crisis.
A visit that took place four months after the start of the embargo imposed on Mali following the refusal of the transitional authorities to offer an acceptable and reasonable timetable to the sub-regional institution.
In any case, the grin is total confusion especially after all these affronts, meetings, and media outings against ECOWAS. “The current authorities have made us believe that these sanctions will have no impact on our country and that, on the contrary, they will enhance its image by making it more independent and sovereign,” they say. So for them, it is inconceivable to see these same authorities today running behind this same institution to negotiate.
It should be noted that the authorities had even reduced the duration of the transition from 4 years later, 3 years then 2 years, but ECOWAS remained intractable while requiring a reasonable timetable of 12 to 16 months. “Undoubtedly a negation in a position of weakness is on the horizon”, they conclude.