EU condemns coup d’état in Mali
“The European Union condemns the coup d’état attempt underway in Mali and rejects any anti-constitutional change. This can in no way be a response to the deep socio-political crisis that has hit Mali for several months” the statement of the European Union top diplomat Josep Borrell on events in Mali.
“In consultation with its partners in the international community, particularly ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations, the EU calls for dialogue. A consensual outcome, while respecting constitutional principles, international law and human rights is the only way to avoid destabilization not only of Mali but of the entire region. The EU continues to give its full support to the mediation undertaken by ECOWAS. Contacts are underway to better understand the situation and decide on the next steps in the action of the international community”. Image above: illustration, Mali.
AMENDED: “Mutineering soldiers have detained Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, one of their leaders has told @AFP.
“We can tell you that the president and the prime minister are under our control,” the leader said.
There are unverified reports by local media, that coup État in Bamako was possibly organised by Colonel Sadio CAMARA (DIAW) and his troops. Heavily armed vechicles were on the way to center of Bamako. According to local sources several ministers have been arrested. President Keita was evacuated to a military base.
French Minister of Foreign Affaires Jean-Yves le Drian issued a statement, condemining the unconsitutional power grab in Mali.
AMENDED: A rebellion broke out at an army base in Kati, outside capital city Bamako. The rebels arrested a number of ministers, including foreign and finance ministers, and the parliament speaker.
According to the Malijet news website, the rebels are led by Colonel Sadio Camara, former director of a military school at the Kati military base. The Malian General Staff is also reportedly controlled by the rebels, with a number of senior officers being arrested.
Several sources point to the Colonel Sadio CAMARA from DIAW has been leading the coup d’état.
AMENDED: the residence of the President Keita is occupied by a celebrating crowed, enjoying swimming pool. However some buildings are set on fire, and there is looting going on in Bamako.
AMENDED: Accoriding to the BBC correspondent in Bamako the mutiny is led by Colonel Malick Diaw deputy head of the Kati camp, and General Sadio Camara.