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Mali in danger after Traore attack - UN

2012-05-22 07:43

Abidjan - Monday's attack on Mali's president Diancounda Traore by angry protestors puts the post-coup transition in the west African country in danger, warned a UN Security Council delegation.

The diplomatic efforts by the west African bloc Ecowas to convince the leaders of the March coup to accept Traore's 12-month transition have been "put seriously in danger by these latest developments [and] maybe other options will now have to be considered," France's UN ambassador Gerard Araud told reporters in Abidjan.

"It seems to us that the diplomatic efforts... I am not going to say that they have failed but in any case they have been put seriously in danger by these latest developments," France's UN ambassador Gerard Araud told reporters in Abidjan.

He added that "maybe other options will now have to be considered".

He spoke after the UN delegation, which will be in Ivory Coast until Wednesday, met with ministers from the Ecowas west African bloc.

The foreign minister of Ivory Coast, which currently holds the Ecowas presidency said that the bloc "cannot support this attitude", referring to the attack on Traore.

"We cannot continue like this," he said, promising that "measures" will be announced shortly.

A Western diplomatic source said that Ecowas was mulling deploying a regional military force in Mali to assure the transition.