New York

17 May 2012

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Mali and Guinea-Bissau

In continuation of UN efforts to ensure the full restoration of constitutional rule in both Mali and Guinea-Bissau, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, Said Djinnit, will participate in the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council meeting on Mali and Guinea-Bissau, to be held in Abidjan on 19 May.

We believe it is critical to ensure that the decisions emanating from the mediation processes in Mali and Guinea-Bissau ensure a full and speedy return to constitutional order and send a clear and principled message against unconstitutional seizures of power.

We are working with ECOWAS to ensure close consultation and coordination with the UN and other regional and international partners as this process moves forward.

The United Nations calls again for strict adherence to democratic principles and for the military in both countries to return to their barracks, refrain from any political involvement and to respect civilian authority and the rule of law.

The Secretary-General is consulting broadly, directly and through his Special Representatives for West Africa and Guinea-Bissau, to help resolve these crises in a manner consistent with these principles.