MRU Commends Pres. Bio for Support to ECOWAS Mediation

The Mano River Union Secretariat has commended President Julius Maada Bio for reaffirming his country’s support to ECOWAS mediation efforts for a return to constitutional order and the elaboration of roadmaps for democratic transition in Guinea and Mali, and to ensure peace and stability in the region.

The Commendation from the MRU was contained from the Declaration it issued from the Office of the Secretary General at end of the 60th Ordinary Summit of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government which was held on 12 December 2021 in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, and discussed, among other topics, the issue of security in the sub-region and the political situation in Guinea and Mali. The declaration said these issues continue to be of concern to the organization.

“In this regard, the MRU Secretariat congratulates His Excellency Dr. Julius Maada Bio for the sincerity and courage of his statement, but more particularly for the recognition, in his address, of the efforts made by the MRU Secretariat to establish a constructive dialogue between the sub-region and the new authorities of the Republic of Guinea, in view of an inclusive and peaceful transition”, the Declaration said.

The MRU Secretariat said that President Bio cited in particular the MRU High-Level Diplomatic Conference organized under the auspices of President George Weah of Liberia, and the MRU Joint High-Level Mission to Guinea which has since engaged Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya, President of the CNRD, on the imperative of sub-regional cooperation on security and joint border patrols.

The MRU Secretariat said it was pleased that President Bio urged his fellow Heads of State to support the MRU to play a complementary supporting role to the ECOWAS process in Guinea.

“The MRU Secretariat also warmly welcomes the relevance of H.E. President Maada Bio’s reminder on the consensus of the Authority of Heads of State for the Commission to initiate a review of the revised Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance with regard to the contentious issue of third terms of office and arbitrary changes to electoral laws. Achieving that could restore public confidence in ECOWAS’ commitment to support stable, timely and legitimate democratic transitions.

“The Mano River Union, through its Secretariat, appreciates the continued support of the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone and stands ready to bring Member States together in building a prosperous, peaceful and stable sub-region”, the statement concluded.

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