ECOWAS announces sanctions against those preventing resolution of crisis in Guinea-Bissau effective from 1 February
The Mission, led by the President of the Council of Ministers of the CEDEAO, Robert Dussey and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Togo, met with the President of the Republic, PAIGC, PRS and the Group of 15 MPs expelled from PAIGC, and the international community represented in Bissau and noted that "the appointment of the Prime Minister of consensus as prescribed for in the Conakry Agreement was not respected."
In its final communiqué, the mission also says it "deplores the non-respect for the right to assembly as expressed in the Constitution and the human rights instruments of ECOWAS, the African Union and the UN" and "calls on the Guinean authorities to respect the rule of law, human rights, including the right to freedom of assembly.” Subsequently it urged the defense and security forces to maintain a republican stance.
In addition, the mission remains convinced that "without the full implementation of the Conakry Agreement, namely the appointment of a consensus prime minister and the formation of an inclusive government," the political conditions necessary for the organization of elections credible.", reads the statement.
The ECOWAS delegation welcomed the good collaboration with the group of international partners represented in Bissau, including UN, AU, EU and CPLP.
The mission of ECOWAS was in Bissau for a tense 24 hour period when the holding of the congress of the country's largest party, the PAIGC, has been hindered by security forces.