EU suspends Mali aid operations

2012-03-23 13:57

The European Commission has announced the temporary suspension of its development operations in Mali after soldiers staged a coup in the West African nation.

“Following yesterday’s coup d’etat in Mali, I decided to suspend temporarily European Commission’s development operations in the country until the situation clarifies,” said EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs.

The coup was sparked when rebels attempted to take over the country’s north.

Yesterday soldiers stormed state TV and announced that they had seized control of the nation, dissolving all of its institutions due to the government’s mishandling of the insurgency.

The group, which called itself the National Committee for the Re-establishment of Democracy and the Restoration of the State, or CNRDR, dismissed the government of president Amadou Toumani Toure as “incompetent”.

In a statement, the CNRDR said its objective was not to seize power and that it would return power to a democratically-elected president.

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