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Posted on Wednesday, 28 March 2012 14:05

ECOWAS plans Mali military intervention

By Konye Obaji Ori

The West African regional group (ECOWAS) is mulling a military intervention in Mali following last week's coup against President Amadou Toumani Toure's government.

French ambassador to Mali said he had made contact with the President Amadou Toumani Toure/Photo/ReutersBut before committing its forces regional leaders want to exhaust all diplomatic channels with a delegation of five African leaders expected in Bamako for talks with the junta.

Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, the president of the ECOWAS Commission revealed the plans following the body's meeting on Tuesday.

In addition to the military threat, ECOWAS plans to suffocate Captain Amadou Sanogo's junta by cutting cash supplies. French speaking countries within the regional community share a common currency.

The United States, the European Union and France have already cut off all but essential aid, representing a loss of tens of millions of dollars for the regime.

Additional sanctions may include suspension of gasoline imports from Côte d'Ivoire's refineries.

Observers believe the Ivorian strategy could come into force anytime soon as President Alassane Ouattara is the current rotating chair of ECOWAS.

Ouattara told reporters ECOWAS was taking these steps stop the erosion of democracy in Mali. 

"We cannot allow this country endowed with such precious democratic instruments, dating back at least two decades, to leave history by regressing," he said.

"It's why Mali needs to immediately return its democratic institutions to normal." 

"This position is nonnegotiable," Outtara added.

On Tuesday the state television announced that Mali would soon be under a new constitution, indicating the junta is moving forward with plans to create a new government, the National Committee for the Reestablishment of Democracy and the Restoration of the State, and not restoring the nation's democratic order. 

Mali, according to the "new constitution" will be run by the junta leader, a prime minister (to be appointed by Sanogo) and a committee made up of 27 soldiers and 15 civilians who will receive immunity from any future trials.

Sanogo was trained in the United States. He was an English language instructor at a military college in Mali. Memory module ch654a 256mb for HP Designjet 510 24-in Printer (CH336A), HP Designjet 510 42-in Printer (CH337A), HP Designjet 510ps 24-in Printer (CJ996A), HP Designjet 510ps 42-in Printer (CJ997A). Best offer!

Meanwhile, elections, which were set for April 29, have been cancelled by the junta, and no date has been set for the polls.

Wednesday, French public broadcaster, France24 indicated that French ambassador to Mali, Christian Rouyer, said he had made contact with the embattled President. 

  Also read:
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Country profile: MALI

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