Mali military junta Tuesday failed to meet the ECOWAS 15th September deadline to name a civilian head of the transition government.
Informed sources in Accra said ECOWAS leaders after their consultative meeting held discussions with the junt leadership but both sides failed to reach an agreement on the composition of the transitional government.
ECOWAS had demanded a civilian head for the transition government, but the junta suggested either a civilian or military head.
ECOWAS mediators are expected to return to Bamako next week to continue talks with Mali stakeholders on how to break the impasse.
Meanwhile, it emerged that ECOWAS would appear to have shifted grounds allowing an 18-month transition period proposed by the junta, instead of the 12 months demanded by the regional organisation.