A cross section of the ECOWAS Heads of States at the summit
ECOWAS chairman and Ivorian President, Alasanne Outarra says the conflict in neighbouring Mali should not be allowed to fester.
Speaking at an extraordinary ECOWAS Heads of State summit in Abidjan on Saturday, Outarra urged African countries to pool their resources to help deal with the crisis in Mali.
He said it is important the rebel activity in Mali is stopped so it does not spread to neighboring countries.
Joy News’ Seth Kwame Boateng who was present in Abidjan said the summit was attended by all the heads of ECOWAS countries as well some security heads and foreign dignitaries who are not happy with what is going on in Mali.
The Ivorian President in his speech, thanked the French government for their effort in fighting the terrorist who are bent on capturing the northern part of Mali.
He called on all other Heads of State on the continent to help deal with the issue.
He added that drug trafficking in Mali must also be dealt with but he was quick to add that the situation in Mali must not divert attention on the situation in Guinea Bissau must.
The French government, represented at the summit by the Foreign Minister said France decided to intervene in the Mali problem because France respects international legalities, Africa and her friends.
Whilst promising a continued support in the fight against the insurgents in Mali, the minister appealed for support in terms of funds and logistics to the Malian army to fight the insurgents.
The Heads of EOWAS States also congratulated President John Mahama on his election as president of Ghana.