Thu, 21 Oct 2021

ACCRA, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) started a crucial extraordinary summit here Thursday over the military coup in Guinea.

The summit is the second meeting by leaders of the 15-nation sub-regional bloc since the military coup on September 5.

ECOWAS Chairman Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo expressed confidence Thursday that the subregional body would find durable solutions to the political crisis in Guinea. Opening the summit, Akufo-Addo said such solutions were crucial to ensure political stability, peace, and unity in the subregion.

The ECOWAS chairman reiterated the subregional bloc's condemnation of the coup in Guinea and the detention of Guinean President Alpha Conde.

Leaders of the subregional bloc held their first summit over the Guinean coup last Friday via video-conferencing, where they suspended the country's membership from ECOWAS, calling for a swift return to constitutional order.

An ECOWAS mission led by Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Ghana's Foreign Minister, had visited Guinea to confer with the military junta and the deposed president.

The mission will present its report to the presidents at the summit to form the basis of their discussions. "The presidents will consider the report of the delegation and take a firm decision on how to apply pressure on the military junta to return Guinea to constitutional rule," said Botchway.

The Presidents of Togo, Niger, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, and Senegal are in the meeting. Nigeria is represented by its vice president, while the rest of the countries have their foreign ministers attending.

On September 5, Guinea's Lieutenant-Colonel Mamady Doumbouya announced that his forces have arrested Alpha Conde and dissolved the government and national institutions.

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