High-Level ECOWAS Mission appeals to all Bissau-Guinean stakeholders to respect Conakry Agreement
Supported by the Representatives of the United Nations, African Union, and European Union in Guinea-Bissau, the West African regional organization is mediating to end the over year-long political crisis in the country.
At the end of a 24-hour visit to Bissau, and consultations with the President of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, José Mario Vaz, and the representatives of major key stakeholders, including, the PAIGC and the 15 "Dissident" MPs excluded from PAIGC, the PRS, the President of the National Popular Assembly, and the Prime Minister, a six-point final communique was released.
As means to unlock the current gridlock to further pave the way for the swift implementation of the l0-point Conakry Agreement which will lead to the alleviation of the suffering of the people of Guinea Bissau, the mission proposed: That the stakeholders reaffirmed their commitments to the Conakry Agreement; Encouraged the stakeholders to accelerate the reintegration of the 15 "dissident' MPs into the PAIGC, in compliance with the Conakry Agreement; The appointment by the President of the Republic of a consensual Prime Minister without further delay, who has the confidence of the President of the Republic; The formation of an all-inclusive government, taking into account the parliamentary representations of the political parties; The convening of parliamentary sessions in the shortest possible time; and the organization of a national dialogue roundtable to discuss the 'Stability Pact' meant to articulate key constitutional and institutional reforms before 2018 legislative (as stated in the Conakry Agreement).
On the margins of the Maritime Security Summit held in Lome, Togo, last 15 October, the Authority of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government tasked Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia and Chairperson of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, to, as matter of urgency, follow up with the Bissau-Guinean stakeholders on the implementation of the Conakry Agreement signed on 14 October.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was accompanied by Foreign Minister of Liberia, Madam Marjon V.Kamara, the Representative of the ECOWAS Mediator, Yousouf Kiridi Bangoura, Minister of State and Secretary General of the Presidency of Guinea, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Marcel A. de Souza and the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Mrs. Halima Ahmed.