France welcomes ECOWAS’s active involvement in resolving the Malian crisis through the visit to Bamako on Thursday, July 23, of a mission comprising five regional heads of state and its decision to hold an extraordinary summit on Monday, July 27.
However, France remains concerned by the delay in implementing the recommendations already made. These offer ways to resolve the crisis affecting the country for many weeks now, to restore the legitimacy of the institutions involved - the constitutional court and the National Assembly -, and to respond to the demands of the opposition and civil society, while ensuring full respect for Mali’s Constitution.
To ease tensions, France calls on the pertinent members of these institutions to learn the lessons presented by the crisis and by the results of ECOWAS’s successive mediation efforts.
France emphasizes that Mali is facing multiple challenges in the areas of security and economic and social development which are of concern to all Malians, the countries of the region and the international community, which is massively engaged and stands with Mali.
France therefore calls on all the parties to act responsibly and to engage in a sincere dialogue on implementing the agreed-upon measures before the July 31 deadline set by ECOWAS.