ECOWAS special summit on Guinea Bissau called off
The ECOWAS extraordinary summit which should have been held on Guinea Bissau in Conakry on Monday has been postponed.
WADR’s Conakry Correspondent says the meeting was called off, due to objection by one of Guinea Bissau’s presidential candidates, Kumba Yala over his rejection of Guinean President Alpha Conde being mediator.
Yala, a one-time Guinea Bissau President, claimed President Conde was bias and supported one of the parties in the country’s crisis.
But Guinea’s Foreign Minister has said that Monday’s abortive extraordinary summit was postponed to enable West African leaders to further examine the Guinea Bissau situation.
He said Wednesday's ECOWAS meeting in Abidjan on the Malian crisis will also address the political deadlock in Bissau.
Six West African heads of state were due to have attended Monday’s meeting to discuss the situation in Guinea Bissau, after a coup there on April 12.
Ahead of the postponed summit, ECOWAS had rejected the authority of a National Transitional Council (NTC), which the junta said it put in place to run Guinea-Bissau for the next two years
The sub-regional bloc says the NTC was established, following the signing of an accord on April 18 by the junta and leaders of 20 opposition parties who have come out in support of the coup.Tweet