Posted by: africanpressorganization | 11 January 2009

Nigeria / ECOWAS leaders reject military transition in Guinea



Nigeria / ECOWAS leaders reject military transition in Guinea


ABUJA, Nigeria, January 11, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS Member States ended their extraordinary summit on Guinea in Abuja on Saturday, 10th January 2009 by rejecting a military-led transition in Guinea and barring the country’s military leaders from attending meetings of all decision-making bodies of the Community in accordance with the provision of the 2001 regional Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.


The principles enshrined in the Protocol, which are subscribed to by all the Member States, calls for zero tolerance for power obtained or maintained by unconstitutional means and requires that accession to power should only be through free, fair and transparent elections.


The Summit urged the ruling National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD) to take immediate steps to restore constitutional order and resolved to remain engaged with Guinea in order to ensure the early restoration of the country to constitutional order.


In this regard, the Summit proposed modalities for restoring the rule of law in the country, including the requirement that the military junta establish a National Transitional Council, a legislative body of civilians and the military, that will work for the attainment of the objectives of returning the country to democracy by holding free, fair and transparent elections in 2009.


Members of the CNDD, the transitional Prime Minister and Members of his government will not be eligible to contest the elections which must be held before the end of 2009.


Moreover, the Summit called for the establishment of an inclusive Consultative Forum of all the country’s stakeholders that will reflect its ethnic, regional and gender diversity and constitute a framework for dialogue to strengthen national cohesion.


As a complement to these measures and to facilitate the process of the early restoration of constitutional rule, the Summit agreed on nine other accompanying activities, including the maintenance of permanent and constructive dialogue with the CNDD, all stakeholders in Guinea and partners to ensure that immediate steps were taken to implement recommendations.


It also resolved to push for the inclusion of Guinea on the agenda of the UN Peace Building Commission as a de facto fragile and post-conflict country to enable the country access the UN Peace Building Fund to develop its infrastructure and facilitate the return to sustainable development.


The Heads of State and Government agreed to work with the international community and internal stakeholders to establish benchmarks and timelines for the completion of identified tasks on the transition roadmap, including the completion of the voter registration exercise, the provision of voter identification cards and the mobilization of funds for these exercises.


They called on the international community to continue to provide funding for socio-economic programmes in Guinea to ensure a peaceful and successful transition. In this regard, the Summit urged international partners, particularly the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU) to continue their financial support for these programmes in order to keep on track the transition to constitutional rule, democracy and good governance.


SOURCE : Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS)


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