African Union denounces Mali ex-junta's 'interference'

By AFP
Previous |  Next 
By AFP

7/14/2012 9:40:01 PM -

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - African leaders on Saturday called on Mali's ex-junta to stop meddling in the country's affairs as the interim government struggles to deal with Islamist militants holding the north.

The African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) called for the "effective dissolution" of Mali's former junta and an end to "unacceptable interference" in the transitional process.

Leaders behind the March military coup are supposed to have stepped down from power to let the transition for a return to democracy to get underway.

Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra briefed reporters on the conclusions of the PSC.

The Council wanted "an end to the unacceptable interference by the military junta and its civilian supporters in the transitional process and the effective dissolution" of the former junta, he said.

The African Union and the West African bloc ECOWAS were readying sanctions on those hampering the transition and a list of the individuals was being drawn up, Lamamra added.

There was "grave concern over the situation in northern Mali, where armed groups have strengthened their grip on the region," he added.

He underlined what he said was the "worrying" presence of foreign armed groups such as such as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Boko Haram, an Islamist group based in Nigeria, there.

Mali's territorial integrity was not up for discussion, Lamamra said, underscoring "Africa's determination to spare no effort to preserve it."

we have all the time in the world to make a difference and make a change in your life
By: lawrence

Malawi arrests chief suspect in 'Ca

Malawi President Joyce Banda speaks during a press conference dedicated to the ongoing national Tripartite Elections at Kamuzu Palace in the capital Lilongwe, on May 22, 2014.  By  (AFP/File) Sunday, July 20, 2014

Blantyre (Malawi) (AFP) - A chief suspect in Malawi's "Cashgate" corruption scan ...
read more »

Hollande visits future French force

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during a meeting with Niger's President (unseen) in Niamey, on July 19, 2014.  By Alain Jocard (AFP) Saturday, July 19, 2014

N'Djamena (AFP) - President Francois Hollande wrapped up a three-day west Africa ...
read more »