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International demands for the "immediate" release of the head of the transitional period and the financial prime minister

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Local Transition Control Commission in Mali, expressed their deep concern about the situation in Mali following the arrest of the head of the transitional phase, the prime minister and representatives of some other authorities, and called for "calm and their unconditional release."

President Bah Ndaw, Prime Minister Mukhtar Awani and Defense Minister Suleiman Doukur were transferred to a military base in Kati outside the capital, Bamako, last Monday, hours after two military personnel lost their posts in a government reshuffle process.

The UN Secretary-General emphasized that his Special Representative is working closely with the Economic Community of West African States, the African Union and all other international actors supporting the ongoing political transition.

While the committee - consisting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union, the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINOSMA), and members of the international community, including France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union - issued a statement yesterday in which it strongly condemned The "coup attempt" that occurred after the publication of the decree appointing members of the government by the head of the transitional period, based on the proposal of the prime minister.

In their statement, its members called for the "immediate and unconditional release" of those responsible. They emphasized that "the military personnel who are holding them will bear personal responsibility for their security."

The members of the committee reiterated their "strong support for the transitional authorities" and called for the transitional process to resume its course and to end on the specified date.

The statement also affirmed that "the international community rejects in advance any act that is imposed by coercion, including forced resignations."