ECOWAS: We’re not officially aware of Mali, Burkina and Niger’s exit from bloc

In a communique on Sunday (28 January), ECOWAS said it will soon make further pronouncement on the issue as the situation evolves

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says it has not received any official communication in line with the exit of Mali, Burkina and Niger from the regional bloc.

The three West African junta-led states on Sunday (28 January) announced they are immediately leaving the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a regional economic bloc that has been urging them to return to democratic rule.

The decision by the three countries, announced in a joint statement read out on Niger national television, is a blow to the bloc’s regional integration efforts after it suspended the three countries following military takeovers.

Since the coups, and despite the sanctions, negotiations and threats of military intervention, the military leaders have failed to provide a clear timetable to return the countries to constitutional rule.

However a communique issued by ECOWAS on Sunday (28 January), said it will soon make further pronouncement on the issue as the situation evolves.

“The attention of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been drawn to a statement broadcast on the National Television of Mali, Niger announcing the decision of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger to withdraw from ECOWAS.”

“The ECOWAS Commission is yet to receive any direct formal notification from the three member states about their intention to withdraw from the community,’ the ECOWAS communique said.

Below is the full statement: 



Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

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