Events in Mali, ‘Great Setbacks for Regional Diplomacy’ – Buhari

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SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 20 – President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the coup in Mali, calling it, a ‘great setback for regional diplomacy’ in West-Africa.

The governments of Nigeria, France and the United States, as well as the United Nations(UN) security council have condemned the Tuesday coup de’tat that overthrew Mali’s President Ibrahim Keita.

Keita resigned on Tuesday night after he was arrested by mutinying soldiers, alongside the Prime Minister, Boubou Cisse, despite the mediating efforts of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, who is the (ECOWAS) special envoy to Mali. The Nigerian-dominated ECOWAS has already suspended Mali and threatened a host of sanctions.

In a statement on his verified Twitter page on Thursday, Buhari said:

“The events in Mali are great setbacks for regional diplomacy, with grave consequences for the peace and security of West Africa. It is time for the unconstitutional ‘authority’ in Mali to act responsibly and ensure restoration of constitutional order, peace and stability.

“Nigeria strongly supports the efforts of ECOWAS Chairman, President Mahamadou Issoufou, for wider regional and continental consultations with ECOWAS, the AU and the UN, and the adoption of strong measures to bring speedy resolution to the situation.

“A politically stable Mali is paramount and crucial to the stability of the sub-region. We must all join efforts, ECOWAS, the AU, the UN and other stakeholders, and work together until sanity returns to Mali with the restoration of Civil Administration.”

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