Buhari, Other ECOWAS Leaders Fail To End Crisis in Mali

President Muhammad Buhari and other ECOWAS leaders ended the day-long summit in Mali without a deal to end the heightened political crisis bedevilling the country.

Five West African leaders met with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and other opposition leaders in the capital Bamako.

President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic said the objective of the summit was to find a solution to the crisis in Mali and added that another summit will be held on Monday, July 27.

The one-day summit came on after a five-day mediation mission from members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which failed to reconcile the two opposing sides.

The West African leaders discussed proposed solutions that had been crafted in behind-the-scenes talks between Mali president and opposition this week.

One of the opposition leaders, Imam Mahmoud Dicko, said “nothing has moved for the movement,” after holding talks with the presidents.

The June 5 Movement continued to demand President Boubacar Keita to resign as the leaders of Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Niger and Nigeria arrived in the country.

“We’re here to demand IBK’s resignation and ensure our comrades who have been killed are not forgotten,” said Yaya Sylla, a young protester, outside the airport the leaders landed.

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