The embargoed Mali, Timbuktu in the hands of Islamists

The embargoed Mali, Timbuktu in the hands of Islamists

Bamako : Mali | Apr 03, 2012 at 1:55 AM PDT
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While the Islamists drove Timbuktu Tuareg rebels, member countries of ECOWASannounced a "total embargo" against the ruling junta in Bamako. Neighboring countriesof Mali also threaten military intervention. The Security Council UN meets Tuesday to discuss the crisis.

Military intervention. Gathered Monday in Dakar, Senegal, the Heads of State of West Africa threatened to intervene militarily in Mali. The Economic Community of WestAfrican States (ECOWAS) decided "the immediate implementation" of its military force"waiting", said Monday in Dakar, the head of the Ivorian state Alassane Ouattara,President of the organization.

Preventively, Ecowas had already put on alert late last week a military force of some2,000 men.

Embargo on the country. At the summit, attended by a dozen heads of state and representatives of the UN, France and the United States in particular, the organizationalso agreed to a "total embargo" against the ruling junta in Bamako. "All diplomatic,economic, financial and other applicable today (Monday) and will be lifted only when the constitutional order (will) effectively restored," said Alassane Ouattara, stressing: "We asked that embargo is total from all neighboring countries of Mali. "

Key players in the Sahel, Mauritania and Algeria - are not members of the organization -attended the meeting. Alassane Ouattara welcomed their presence, suggesting that the ban would also apply to this area north entirely in the hands of the rebels and armed groups since Sunday night.

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Military junta supporters gather at Bamako airport
Military junta supporters gather at Bamako airport
Abdel Fattah Hussein is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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