Published on: 23/09/2022 – 04:19 At the end of a meeting in New York on Thursday evening, the heads of state of West Africa decided to take “progressive sanctions” against the junta military in Guinea. They also demanded the release of the 46 Ivorian soldiers detained in Mali. The leaders of West African states meeting in an extraordinary summit Thursday, September 22 in New York have decided to take “progressive sanctions” against the military junta in Guinea in the face of the inflexibility of the military for a date for the return of civilians to power. We have decided to take sanctions against Guinea,” the chairman of the commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Omar Aliou Touray told AFP after a closed-door summit. in New York, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. According to a document summarizing this meeting of heads of state, consulted by AFP, “the taking of progressive sanctions on individuals and against the Guinean junta “.”Very quickly, the current president of ECOWAS and the president of the ECOWAS commission will draw up a list of people to be sanctioned and, gradually, apply these sanctions”, according to this text confirmed by several participants .Climate approx ECOWAS leaders met for several hours Thursday evening in New York in a sour climate between some of its members. The meeting had been preceded by the invectives of the Guinean junta against the organization’s current president. All West African leaders gathered in New York – with the exception of Mali, Guinea and Burkina led by juntas and suspended from ECOWAS – also demanded the release of 46 Ivorian soldiers detained in Mali, which had sparked a serious dispute between the two countries. “We condemn the arrest of the Ivorian soldiers. On Tuesday (27 September, Ed), the ECOWAS will send the presidents of Ghana, Togo and Senegal to Mali to obtain their release. (…) The time for coups is over,” insisted Omar Aliou Touray. With AFP
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