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15th August 2018

4-Day ECOWAS Peace Talks with Rebel APC MPs & Stakeholders End in Sierra Leone!

By a press release (03/05/18)

The ECOWAS visit was aimed at helping the return of normalcy in the Sierra Leone Parliament after the unfortunate incident of 25 April 2018.


The joint high level peace delegation comprised of the President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS), Mr. Jean Claude Kassi Brou; the Special Representative of United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas. The four-day visit to Freetown to resolve the impasse in parliament has ended. (Photo: Clerk of the House Paran Tarawally, centre, listening to the ECOWAS delegation in Freetown).

In a press statement, it is reported that during the visit, the delegation held wide consultations with former President Ernest Bai Koroma, the Speaker Dr. Abass Bundu, the Clerk of the House Paran Tarawally and leadership of Parliament from the ruling SLPP and opposition parties.

Also briefed were the Chair of the Governance Transition Team, Religious Leaders, members of Civil Society Organisations, members of the Diplomatic Corps, and the United Nations Country Team.

The delegation was also received in audience by President Julius Maada Bio, who was briefed on the discussions held with other national stakeholders. The delegation expressed appreciation for his commitment to a peaceful transition and to pursue Sierra Leone’s goal of sustained socio-economic development.

With all interlocutors, the delegation had fruitful consultations on current political developments and was pleased to note the commitments of all stakeholders towards peace, stability, and development. The delegation strongly recommended the establishment of effective channels and mechanisms of dialogue to resolve political differences. (Photo above: APC MP Mohamed Bangura was hospitalised after the police removed unruly APC MPs from parliament).

In view of the urgent need to address the socio-economic challenges the country is currently experiencing, the delegation strongly urged the political leadership to desist from any action that could undermine state institutions, democratic governance, social cohesion, national unity, peace and stability.

Similarly, the delegation encourages the Judiciary to ensure prompt, fair, independent and timely adjudication of all grievances and pending petitions regarding the recently concluded electoral process.

The ECOWAS delegation underlines the confidence of ECOWAS and the United Nations in Sierra Leone’s democratic system and its capacity to promote national cohesion through a sustained process of dialogue.

Courtesy: Press Release Freetown, 30 April


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