Mali will not be present at the extraordinary summit of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) scheduled for Friday in Accra, Ghana.
The response of the Malian authorities to the invitation addressed to the president of the transition to take part in the extraordinary summit of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS this Friday in the Ghanaian capital, is clear. Instead of Colonel Assimi Goïta, a ministerial delegation should go to Accra. But in the end nothing will happen.
“(…) Following consultations with ECOWAS, it is agreed that the format of the Summit is behind closed doors between Heads of State. Therefore, the Malian ministerial delegation is no longer necessary“, announced Thursday, the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdoulaye Diop, on his Twitter account.
Diplomatic balance of power
This decision by the Malian authorities comes as the Court of Justice of the West African Monetary Union (UEMOA), seized by the lawyers of the Malian State, ordered the suspension of the sanctions pronounced by the Conference of Heads of State and government of UEMOA during its extraordinary session held in Accra on January 9th.
WAEMU then suspended Mali from its organs, endorsed sanctions taken by ECOWAS such as the freezing of the financial assets of around 150 personalities linked to the Malian junta, and above all announced ” vigorous additional sanctions including in particular economic and financial sanctions “.
In the wake of the WAEMU summit, ECOWAS announced the closure of borders with Mali and suspended financial and commercial exchanges other than basic necessities.
This standoff between the Malian authorities and the leaders of the sub-regional organization comes in a context of a war of influence between France, which supports the decisions of ECOWAS against Bamako, and Russia, accused of intervening in Mali in through the private security group Wagner.