President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has reiterated Ghana’s resolve to continue to defend democracy and constitutional rule, uphold human rights in Ghana, in the West African Region, and on the wider African continent.

The state, he said, will work to strengthen the institutions that support democracy in the country and in the Region.

“We shall continue to support the United Nations and other international organisations to help remind us that, indeed, no man is an island onto itself,” he stated.

President Akufo-Addo gave the assurance when he addressed the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday in New York in the United States.

Recent events in Mali and Guinea, President Akufo-Addo said, have shown that not everybody has accepted democracy as the preferred mode of governance in West African Region.

He indicated that now more than ever democracy, constitutional rule and human rights in the world must be defended.

“In the last 24 months, we have witnessed assaults on democracy around the world, sometimes in developed countries where we had assumed that a consensus on the democratic form of governance had been established,” he said.

Touching on events in Guinea and Mali, he told the Assembly that ECOWAS has given Guinea six months to do so, and requested the immediate release of President Alpha Conde.

“On my visit to Conakry last Friday, the military leaders indicated their willingness to see to the imminent release of President Conde, and it is our hope that they will keep to their word.”

“The Authority has also made it clear to the military government in Bamako, the capital of Mali, that it is not prepared to negotiate an extension to the February deadline for the holding of democratic elections, as the essential steps to be taken can, with political will, be effected within the ECOWAS-sanctioned timetable,” the President said.

“It is better that a government, with a democratic mandate, be in place as soon as possible, to implement the reforms that are necessary for the future stability and growth of Mali, and, thereby, enhance the all-important fight against terrorism in Mali,” he added.