It's not too late to reverse Mali coup – US

2012-03-28 11:02
Washington - The United States said on Tuesday it "is not too late" for Mali's new military ruler Captain Amadou Sanogo to permit the return of civilian and democratic rule to the west African country.

"We have had at least one if not two contacts with the Captain Sanogo, and our basic message to him is unchanged," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters.

"It's not too late to undo this, to allow the country to return to civilian rule, and to deal with the government and the grievances that you have in a peaceful, calm manner through dialogue," she said.

The message is also that "every day that you spend trying to run the country is a day that you are not spending keeping Mali safe and secure from the threats that it faces, particularly Aqim and the Tuareg," Nuland said.

Aqim is al-Qaeda in the Maghreb.

The coup leaders in Mali are facing condemnation at home and abroad for their ouster of President Amadou Toumani Toure on March 22, launched in anger over the regime's handling of a northern Tuareg rebellion.

The African Union has suspended Mali as a result of the putsch, and the United States, Europe and Canada have frozen aid.

Tuareg rebels in the vast north of the country have exploited the disarray caused by the coup and pushed on with their fight for independence of what they say is their traditional homeland.

Mali's new military rulers launched a fresh appeal late Monday to Tuareg rebels advancing in the north of the country to halt their campaign and hold talks.

Read more on:    tuaregs  |  aqim  |  al-qaeda  |  amadou toumani toure  |  mali  |  us  |  coup  |  west africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Meet instagram star, Pumpkin the racoon

With 300 000 followers and growing Pumpkin is winning over the internet!



The cats that cost R35 000
Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy
13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Plant some seeds. Your innovative mind is on fire and your ingenious ideas may just be the seeds for future projects. You may more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.