Talks between a delegation from the West African regional bloc, Ecowas, and members of Mali’s military junta will continue on Monday.
Both parties are yet to reach full agreement over discussions meant to resolve Mali’s political crisis.
But the leader of the Ecowas mediation team, Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that “We have been able to agree on a number of points but not yet on all the discussions.”
We arrived in Bamako this afternoon to continue with the@ecowas_cedeao mediation & peace talks towards resolving Mali’s political crisis & restoring normalcy in this beautiful West African country. We’Il continue to engage Malian stakeholders until lasting peace is found.
– GEJ pic.twitter.com/w7jT8W7Tec
— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) August 22, 2020
The military leaders are also reported to have proposed a military-led transitional body to rule for three years with a mandate “to review the foundations of the Malian state”.
The coup leaders have not yet released ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta but have agreed to do so as part of the discussions, AFP reports.
Last Friday thousands of Malians poured onto the streets to celebrate the overthrow of President Keita.
West African leaders have already demanded that their ousted colleague, be reinstated immediately.
The regional bloc then sent its envoys to Mali ensure the return of constitutional order.
Soldiers who toppled Mali’s President have also promised to set up a civilian transitional government and hold new elections.
The African Union, the UN and ECOWAS have all condemned the coup and have voted to suspend Mali.
But the spokesman for the soldiers has given the assurance that they will return the country to democratic rule soon.
Mali has experienced several military takeover and a wave of jihadist attacks.
There have been months of protests from citizens who demanded that the ousted President Keita resigns for failing to solve many of the country’s problems.