Thursday, 12 April 2012


IDASA has called on the junta in Mali to implement the agreement as presented by ECOWAS in order to ensure a swift hand over of power to a civilian led government and a return to constitutional democracy

In a statement on developments in Mali, Idasa called on the junta leaders in Bamako to continue engaging constructively with the regional community and African multilateral organizations.
“Idasa, an African democracy institute, appraises developments in Mali with both deep concern and
cautious optimism.  Idasa is optimistic about the apparent transfer of power to a citizen led government by the military junta which seized power from democratically elected President TraorĂ© on the 22d of March,” read a statement in part. “Idasa applauds the persistent pressure exerted by regional African organisation ECOWAS and the African Union on the military junta leaders. The diplomatic force provided by these African multilateral organisations has ensured an apparent commitment by the military junta to transfer governance to the current speaker of parliament Dioncounda TraorĂ© as interim President of a civilian government until such time as elections can be held.”
President Amadou Toumani Touré has in the meantime offered his resignation.
Idasa, however, stated that it remained concerned about the plight of the Northern three regions of Mali and the Tuareg led rebellion.
On the 6th of April the MNLA (Movement for the Liberation of Azawad) declared the independence of Azawad. This is the last step in a gradual undermining of the territorial
integrity and sovereignty of Mali and further contributes to a growing instability in the Sahel region,” read a statement. “Additionally the United Nations Security council has warned of the more global threat of Al Qaeda affiliates penetrating the Tuareg rebellion and gaining free reign in the vacuum left by the Azawad rebellion.”
Idasa expressed its concerned about the threat of an all-out war in Northern Mali and the effects on an already fragile population.
Idasa warned that humanitarian crisis, many months in the making with tens of thousands fleeing the rebellion which started towards the end of 2011, would intensify.
ECOWAS most recently threatened to become an active military party to the conflict between the
Malian state and the Tuareg led rebels, joining the fight on the side of the Malian state.
“We call on the AU and ECOWAS to stand by the new Mali civilian government in order to ensure they have the capability to thwart any further actions that might impede on the sovereignty and democratic stability of the nation. Further, the international community should ensure the requisite African institutions, that have proven their efficacy in dealing with the Mali crisis over the past few weeks, are assisted in fulfilling their role as facilitators of the restoration of democracy and stability in Mali,” read Idasa statement. “ We, the African community, cannot allow the only constitutional democracy in the Sahel to sink any
further into unrest and instability. We should ensure that the Sahel does not deteriorate further and become a safe haven for rebels and radicals.”

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