March 26, 2023

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At the African Union Summit, Maggie Sal criticizes coups in West Africa


When asked about France 24 on the sidelines of the African Union summit on Saturday, the Senegalese president strongly condemned the subsequent coups in Macy’s, Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso. He supported the ECOWAS sanctions policy, yet ensured that the “path to reconciliation” was always open.

“I strongly condemn these coups.” President of Senegal, Maggie Hallcastigated, Saturday February 5, page African Union Summit, Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea. “Whatever the reasons, we cannot tolerate military interference in political processes,” France 24 said on the microphone.

After the coup in Mali in August 2020, the other two West African countries were Guinea and Burkina Faso, Fell into the hands of the army. It is a worrying situation for the countries of the African Union who fear the “epidemic” of coups in the region.

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“Obstacles are the ultimate weapon”

The President of Senegal also expressed his support for this Restrictions set by the Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS). “Obstacles are the ultimate weapon,” he said. “ECOWAS, for example, has never tried to allow leaders like it did in Mali.”

On January 9, ECOWAS imposed severe sanctions, condemning interim officials for failing to keep their promises regarding the organization of elections. Among them was the closure of Mali’s borders with its member states and the imposition of economic and financial sanctions.

“Igovas initially supported the change by accepting the idea of ​​holding elections eighteen months after the transfer, but when the deadline was extended to five years, we could not accept it,” the Senegalese president promised. “If we do nothing, these conspiracies will happen again in all other countries.”

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A compromise is always possible

However, Macky Sall confirms that the path to reconciliation in Mali is always possible. “Proposing a compromise with ECOWAS is in the hands of the Malian authorities,” he said. “We look forward to working with them. We do not want obstacles in Mali.”

“We are not trying to punish at all costs,” he assured, recalling it Burkina Faso has not yet been subjected to any restrictions From ECOWAS.