The Security Council calls a “transition change in leadership” “unacceptable” and calls for the release of Ndaw and Ouane
An ECOWAS delegation, accompanied by representatives from the United Nations, met with Ndaw and Ouane
The US is ceasing all support for the Malian defense and security forces and will consider taking action against the military
Mali’s military junta has ensured that Mali’s president and interim prime minister Bah Ndaw and Moctar Ouane are “gradually” released after their imprisonment last Monday.
This was indicated by Commander Baba Cisse, advisor to the vice-president and former leader of the military junta, Assimi Goita, in a press conference on the Malijet portal, in which, however, he did not set a date for the release of Ndaw and Ouane, as well as other authorities, which also took place on Monday were arrested.
“After the resignation of the President and Prime Minister – they submitted their resignation this Wednesday – the detainees will regain their freedom. This will be done gradually for obvious security reasons,” said Cisse.
In his speech, Cisse pointed to “profound differences of form and content” in the implementation of the transition and to “obstacles” the military believed the president would have encountered, including his “opposition to” the arrest of certain dignitaries involved in financial matters Mismanagement involved “.
Defending the need for the Prime Minister and President to resign in the presence of the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) Mediator for Mali, Goodluck Jonathan, Cisse has indicated that The Transition Vice President “has done everything possible to avoid this, “but it was necessary to” defend “the country” in terms of security and defense. “
In this context, the spokesman for the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, Stéphane Dujarric, reported that the ECOWAS delegation, accompanied by representatives of the United Nations, was able to meet Ndaw and Ouane.
“It is crucial that they regain their freedom of movement as soon as possible,” Dujarric said at a press conference at which he said it had been “observed” that the military intended to “allow them” to regain their freedom. “
“We want a speedy return to this transition and it is important to note that any of this could have very negative implications for the implementation of the peace process,” he warned.
SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council on Wednesday “sharply” condemned the arrests and called for the “safe, immediate and unconditional release of all arrested officers”.
The Security Council issued a statement, shared by the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), which also called on elements of the Malian defense and security forces to “return to their barracks immediately”.
It also reaffirmed its support for the civilian-led transition in Mali and “its immediate resumption” and urged all stakeholders in the country to “prioritize confidence-building, dialogue and a willingness to commit to these ends”.
“A violent transition of the transitional leadership through forced resignations is unacceptable,” said the council, referring to the resignation of the prime minister and the president.
Finally, he stressed the “risk of negative effects” of recent events in the “ongoing efforts to fight terrorism, implement the peace and reconciliation agreement and stabilize the country”.
SUSPENSION OF SAFETY ASSISTANCE AT MALI
State Department spokesman Ned Price has condemned the arrests of Mali’s interim leaders, stating that Washington is “working closely” with the local Transition Monitoring Committee and other international actors to ensure the “immediate and unconditional” release of those arrested to reach.
“A democratic civil-led government offers the best opportunity to achieve security and prosperity in Mali and the Sahel region in general. The commitment of the Mali transitional government to a civil-led transition and democratic elections in 2022 formed the basis for continued engagement with international partners to promote democracy, human rights, peace and security, “he recalls.
Therefore, in a statement it regretted that “the events of May 24th jeopardized this progress”.
“After the August 2020 coup in Mali, the United States limited support to the government of Mali under the provisions of the Annual Resource Acts. We are now suspending all security measures that benefit the defense forces and Malian security that we previously continued in accordance with with the authorities available, “he warned.
He also added that the United States “will consider specific measures against political and military leaders that hinder Mali’s civil transition to democratic governance”.
While Malian media point out that Goita would take over the post of interim president, even though the “roadmap” approved for this process precluded that possibility and that another person will be appointed prime minister who will be in charge of shaping the new executive, Confusion and misinformation circulate across the country.
The Ministry of Security and Civil Protection had to refuse information about an alleged curfew and border closure. In a statement, the portfolio has denied this information, which, as already mentioned, is said to cause “disorder” and a “general panic situation”, reports the broadcaster Studio Tamani.
The trigger for the new crisis was Ouane’s recent resignation amid new opposition protests, after which Ndaw reappointed him and announced on Monday the composition of the new government with the military in the main portfolios, but without key board members The executive.
Goita said on Tuesday after the announcement of the dismissal of both politicians that the announcement of the new executive branch “presupposes an obvious will on the part of the interim president and prime minister to work towards a violation of the transitional gazette, contrary to the oath they took during the transition.” her investiture of September 25, 2020 “.
However, Goita stressed that “the transition process continues its normal course and the planned elections will take place in 2022”, although his coup again shows the importance of the military in the process, despite being led by civilians.