Bawku crisis: Govt urged to seek external assistance

bawku_pix.jpgAmnesty International (Ghana Section) on Wednesday urged the Government
to seek external assistance to resolve the protracted Bawku conflict.

"The
Bawku situation is worse than the drug menace that Government has
sought international assistance to combat as the situation ridicules
the nation’s pride as a peaceful country in a turbulent Sub-Region," Mr
Michael Brigandi, Amnesty (Ghana) Director, said in a statement issued
in Accra.

He said a quick and effective resolution of the Bawku
crisis would allow the nation to continue to pride itself of being an
island of peace in the Sub-Region and affirmed its position as a
contributor to global peace at the United Nations.

Mr
Brigandi urged the Government to do more than it was doing now to
resolve the conflict, stressing that the present situation in Bawku was
serious and needed much more pragmatic measures to contain it.

He called on Parliament to hold a special session on the Bawku crisis to give it the importance that it deserved.

He
also appealed to the two ethnic groups involved – Mamprusis and Kusasis
– to unconditionally end the conflict for the sake of peace and the
innocent victims.

President John Agyekum Kufuor has invited
the Bawku Naba, Asigiri Abugrago Azoka II, for another round of talks
on Thursday at the Castle Osu, following the eruption of fresh violence
that has killed 13 people.

A press release Mr Andrew Awuni,
Press Secretary to the President and Presidential Spokesman signed said
the meeting was part of a consultative process that had been going on
for some time now towards finding lasting solution to the ethnic
disturbances in Bawku and its environs.

President Kufuor
met with the Bawku Naba and Elders of the Mamprusis last month after
which the tension appeared to have subsided.

The President
has, ahead of Thursday’s meeting, appealed to the feuding factions to
exercise restraint and give peace a chance while their Leaders
continued with efforts to resolve the age-long dispute.

Source: GNA