UN, AU, ECOWAS Demand Restoration of Constitution - G’Bissau
A high profile delegation comprising representatives from the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is scheduled to be at Bissau, capital city of Guinea Bissau, to collectively reiterate their stance against the military takeover of political power in the country.
The delegation which will be led by the President of ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, will deliver a special message from the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, President Alassana Quatara, to the military junta, reiterating the principled position of ECOWAS rejecting the military take-over of power on April 12.
Consisting of Nigeria's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cote d’Ivoire, and the Chiefs of Defence Staff of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal; the delegation will also insist on the immediate Restoration of constitutional order in the country.
According to a statement from the ECOWAS Commission yesterday in Abuja, the delegation is expected to reaffirm ECOWAS' rejection of the coup which has been widely condemned by the international community, and impress it on the junta to restore constitutional rule immediately.
The statement also warned that the coup makers would be held responsible for the safety and security of political leaders, the population, institutions, and property in the country, reminding them of ECOWAS’ zero tolerance for unconstitutional attainment of political power by any means, as enshrined in its Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.
In its strong reaction to the military coup, the ECOWAS Commission particularly expressed disappointment with the timing; coming just days after a joint ECOWAS-AU-UN mission had met with the military hierarchy to warn against any temptation to disrupt the on-going electoral process in the country.
ECOWAS mediation and security council, which met at the ministerial level just before the announcement of the coup, had also recommended the dispatch of a military contingent to Guinea Bissau to replace the departing Angolan mission to ensure the effective implementation of the regional road map for the country's defence and security sector reform programme; secure persons and property during the scheduled April 29, 2012 presidential run-off election and ensure the sanctity of the electoral process.
The council also agreed on the dispatch of a mixed civilian-military delegation to Guinea Bissau under the auspices of the regional mediator, President Alpha Conde of Guinea, to meet with key stakeholders within the political class and the military so as to douse the political tension arising from the inconclusive first round presidential election of March 18 in the country.
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