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ECOWAS disappointed in the lack of progress in reconciling with Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger 

July 9, 2024
ECOWAS disappointed with lack of progress in reconciling with junta-led states

The Economic Community of West African States () said it was disappointed with a lack of progress in reconciling with breakaway, junta-led , and and will make “more vigorous” reconciliation efforts.

ECOWAS commission president Oumar Touray said at the start of a summit in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Sunday the region risks disintegration and worsening insecurity after the three Alliance of Sahel States (AES)signed a confederation treaty.

That treaty underscored the juntas' determination to exit the near 50-year ECOWAS after also severing military and diplomatic ties with Western powers while seeking greater ties with .

“The Authority expresses disappointment with the lack of progress in engagements with the authorities of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger and instructs the President of the Commission to facilitate a more vigorous approach,” ECOWAS said in a communique released on Monday.

But ECOWAS would “develop a forward-looking contingency plan” regarding all eventualities in relations with the AES.

Juntas in Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali seized power in a series of military coups between 2020-2023.

It is not clear how closely the AES will harmonise political, economic and defence policies as it struggles to contain a decade-old battle with Islamist insurgents and grow economies that are among the world's poorest.

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