Posted by: africanpressorganization | 14 October 2009

ECOWAS to hold extra-ordinary summit in Abuja on Saturday, 17th October 2009





ECOWAS to hold extra-ordinary summit in Abuja on Saturday, 17th October 2009


ABUJA, Nigeria, October 14, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — An extra-ordinary summit of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government will take place on

Saturday, 17th October 2009 in Abuja to discuss the political and security situations in

Guinea and Niger.

The summit will specifically consider the recommendations of the International Contact

Group on Guinea (ICG-G) which ended its day-long meeting in Abuja on Monday, 12th

October 2009.

Among others, the Group called for the creation of a new transitional authority, through

dialogue if possible, as well as the withdrawal of the National Council for Democracy and

Development (CNDD) in other to ensure a short and peaceful transition marked by the

conduct of credible, free and fair elections in which those holding key executive positions

demonstrate total neutrality throughout the electoral process.

The Heads of State will also consider the report of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security

Council which met in Abuja on 24th August 2009 as well as the report of the findings of a

four-member ad-hoc ministerial committee led by Nigeria and composed of Benin, Burkina

Faso and Sierra Leone, which visited Niger shortly after the Council’s deliberations in


The committee was mandated to work with all political stakeholders in Niger, including the

National Council for Dialogue, towards the restoration of dialogue and consensus which

characterized the political environment before the current constitutional crisis.



Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS)


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