11 December 2012
Security Council

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Security Council Press Statement on Mali


The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Mohammmed Loulichki ( Morocco):

The members of the Security Council condemn the arrest, on 10 December 2012, of the Prime Minister of Mali, Cheick Modibo Diarra, by members of the Malian Armed Forces, which led to the resignation of the Prime Minister and the dismissal of the Government of Mali.  They further stress that such an event contravenes repeated calls in resolutions 2056 (2012) and 2071 (2012) that the Malian Armed Forces cease interfering in the work of the transitional authorities of Mali.

The members of the Security Council express their readiness to consider appropriate measures, including targeted sanctions, against those who prevent the restoration of the constitutional order and take actions that undermine stability in Mali.

The members of the Security Council recall their support to the work of the Interim President of Mali, Dioncounda Traoré, consistent with the Framework Agreement of 6 April 2012, signed under the auspices of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), and call upon President Traoré to swiftly reappoint an inclusive Government of national unity.

The members of the Security Council urge the transitional authorities of Mali to expedite the establishment of a transitional road map, through broad-based and inclusive political dialogue, to fully restore constitutional order and national unity, including through the holding of peaceful, inclusive and credible elections as soon as possible.

The members of the Security Council stress their commitment to authorizing as soon as possible the deployment of an African-led international support mission in Mali.

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