Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Coup in Mali

The U.N. Security Council has condemned the seizure of power in Mali by military rebels and called for the restoration of constitutional rule. In a presidential statement yesterday, the Security Council said it expected the mutineers to take immediate steps to restore constitutional rule. It also called on all parties to allow access to aid organizations to provide assistance to civilians. 

The U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has continued engaging with regional and other leaders on the situation in Mali, having held conversations with the President of Mauritania (Ould Abdel Aziz), the President of Niger (Mahamadou Issoufou), and the Foreign Minister of Algeria, (Mourad Medelci).  He has also held discussions with the President of Côte d’Ivoire and Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) (Alassane Ouattara); the President of Burkina Faso (Blaise Compaoré, who is also the ECOWAS appointed mediator on Mali); and the Chair of the African Union Commission (Jean Ping).   

Two weeks ago, rebel Malian soldiers took control of Mali and announced the dissolution of the Government led by President Amadou Toumani Toure.  Additioanlly, fighting in northern Mali between Government forces and Tuareg rebels has uprooted more than 200,000 people since January, with most seeking safety in neighboring countries and some 93,000 believed to be internally displaced.  

(mew) (adapted from a UN Press Release)

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