Mali Reports Attempted Coup

The transitional authorities of Mali have reported this Monday of an attempted coup on the night of May 11 to 12 by “anti-progressive officers and non-commissioned officers” who would have had the “support of a Western state”.

“The Government of Mali condemns with the utmost rigor this unworthy attack against State security, whose objective is to hinder, even annihilate, the substantial efforts to securitize our country and the return to a constitutional order, guarantor of peace and stability,” he said. the Malian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

This coup attempt, with the intention of “undermining the security of the State”, has been stopped “thanks to the vigilance and security” of the country’s Security Forces, and occurs within the framework of recent tensions with the European Union for the reduction of its military contingent in the country.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also indicated that the detainees will be placed “at the disposal of justice” and has reported the reinforcement of controls at the Bamako exits and at the border posts. “The government assures that the situation is under control and invites the population to calm down,” he added.

The Government of Mali announced this Monday its departure from the G5 Sahel and its joint force to fight jihadism in the region due to the organization’s refusal to guarantee it the presidency due to the political situation after the two coups since May 2020.

The spokesman for the Malian Transitional Executive, Aboudlaye Maiga, has criticized that the session scheduled for March 2022 has not been held and has stressed that this situation “supposes a violation of a decision adopted by the institution and of the basic texts of the G5 Sahel”.

“The Government of Mali firmly rejects the argument of a G5 Sahel member state that presents the internal political situation of a country to deny Mali the exercise of the presidency of the G5 Sahel,” he said.

Thus, he stressed in a statement that “no legal text of the G5 Sahel provides for restrictions against a member state under the argument of the national political situation” and added that “no provision of the texts of this institution provides that sanctions and restrictions imposed by other organizations against a Member State”.

“The opposition of certain states of the G5 Sahel to the presidency of Mali is linked to maneuvers by a state from outside the region that desperately seeks to isolate Mali,” he pointed out, in an apparent reference to France.

“The instrumentalization of an institution such as the G5 Sahel, whose mandate is to unite means to guarantee development and security conditions in the space of the member countries, is fundamentally contrary to the interests of our countries and our peoples, who face important challenges in the framework of the fight against terrorism”, he concluded.

Bamako’s announcement comes nearly two weeks after the military junta broke all defense agreements with France, citing violations of its sovereignty by French troops and a “profound deterioration in military cooperation for some time,” amid the bilateral tensions of recent months.

The governments of France and the rest of the European countries that participate and collaborate with the ‘Barkhane’ operation and the Takuba Force, in addition to Canada, announced in February the withdrawal of their forces from Mali, where they were deployed to help Bamako in the fight against jihadism.

Tensions have been on the rise in recent months due to the announcement by the military junta to extend the transition process to between four and five years and to postpone the elections scheduled for February, amid the exchange of accusations between Paris and Bamako about anti-terrorist efforts and the deployment of Wagner Group mercenaries.

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