*Vowed to sanction Niger if it  fails to go back to dialogue

By Chinyere Amalu

Abuja- DETERMINED to put to an end to the constitutional crisis in Guinea, ECOWAS heads of state have  imposed arms embargo on Guinea even as they vowed to impose  sanctions on Niger Republic if their  high level mission to President Tandja failed to go back to dialogue table.

The heads of state took the decision at the end of their extra ordinary meeting yesterday in Abuja following the challenge thrown by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua that “the Community cannot fold its arms and watch the situation degenerate into conflicts of monumental proportions without employing appropriate intervention mechanisms to effectively arrest the drift”.

Also the steps taken by the authorities in Guinea to acquire new weapons, coupled with the violent clampdown on the opposition and the vulnerable on September 28, contributed to the stance of the sub-regional leaders.

At the end of their deliberations, the leaders directed the ECOWAS Commission to take all necessary measures to obtain the support of the AU, EU and UN in the implementation and enforcement of the embargo.

The ECOWAS heads of state  also directed Tandja and the Niger authorities to suspend indefinitely the holding of  legislative elections scheduled for October 20 in favour of dialogue with the other leading parties on resolving the political crisis in the country.


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