Mali coup has not stopped UN mission’s work

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The UN is monitoring the situation in Mali where soldiers the President and some of his Cabinet ministers were arrested in a military coup earlier this week.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is following developments in the landlocked West African country “closely and with concern” his spokesman said.

The UN chief condemned the mutiny, calling for constitutional order and the rule of law to be restored immediately.

The Security Council held a closed session on Wednesday where the head of UN Peacekeeping, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, briefed the 15 ambassadors.

Like the UN chief, members condemned the mutiny and underlined “an urgent need to restore the rule of law and return constitutional order,” according to a statement.

President Boubacar Keita led Mali for seven years.

In recent weeks, protests calling for him to step down due to alleged corruption an inability by authorities to handle rising insecurity in the north and central regions took place.

International media reported the President announced his resignation on Tuesday night. Coup leaders reportedly announced plans to set up a transitional civilian administration and fresh elections.

UN Mission carries on 

Operations continue as normal at the UN Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), which supports political processes and reconciliation in the country.

Peacekeepers carry out security-related tasks to ensure stability and protection of civilians.

“Our colleagues on the ground emphasise the work of the UN peacekeeping mission must and will continue in support of the people of Mali and in close liaison with Malians, including security and defence forces in the north and centre, where the situation is worrying,” spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said.

MINUSMA is the most dangerous UN operation worldwide. Close on 130 peacekeepers serving there died in malicious acts, the UN chief told the Security Council in June.

The mission was established in 2013 following a military coup and the occupation of northern Mali by radical Islamists a year earlier.

Government and representatives of two armed group coalitions signed a peace deal in 2015.