Liberia : Liberian President , George Weah has expressed strong opposition to military takeover in Burkina Faso, condemning the dissolution of the democratically-elected President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.
Addressing an Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS on Friday, January 28, 2022 by virtual, President Weah reiterated Liberia’s policy of absolute zero tolerance for coup d’etats and called on the military authorities in Burkina Faso to, without delay, restore the duly elected President to power and return the country to constitutional, democratic order.
“Liberia also recommends the use of multi-track diplomacy to address the grievances of stakeholders in preventing coup d’états in our region,” he said, urging Member States to redouble their efforts in supporting the ECOWAS Fund for Combating Terrorism in the ECOWAS Region.
An executive mansion release , quotes president Weah as saying to his colleagues, that In order to address the recurrent coups in our region, ECOWAS must consider Liberia previous recommendation to the Authority of Heads of State and Government, to urgently revise the ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol , on Democracy and Good Governance, by including initiative-taking mechanisms for engaging stakeholders, including the military, in situations where ECOWAS Early Warning Mechanisms clearly predict future disruptions of the political and security situation in our Member States.
He told ECOWAS leaders that the protracted, endogenous factors of terrorism and militant insurgencies in Burkina Faso obviously caused the collapse of the security condition in the country, and made this situation inevitable.
“To address this peculiar situation,” the Liberian Chief Executive said, “the Authority may wish to include in its current strategy based on application of the ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, the ECOWAS conflict prevention mechanism of engaging relevant stake holders” , the release concluded.