Agreement signed by the Economic Community of West African States

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has lauded an agreement signed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Malian junta on Friday.

Mali’s junta, which overthrew President Amadou Toumani Toure in a coup, agreed to hand over power to the National Assembly president, in return for the lifting of sanctions imposed by ECOWAS and an amnesty of its members from prosecution.

Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesman Saturday, “commends ECOWAS’ continued efforts to facilitate the restoration of constitutional order in Mali, including the accord signed by the military junta and the ECOWAS Mediation Team on April 6.”

He also called on the junta to expeditiously implement the agreement, which he said provides for the transfer of power back to the constitutional authorities.

Under the new accord, the junta will hand over power to the president of the National Assembly, Dioncounda Traore, during the transitional period. It also includes the formation of a national unity government and the lifting of sanctions by the ECOWAS.

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