U.S. urges Mali to outline roadmap for elections

U.S. urges Mali to outline roadmap for elections
# 07 July 2012 01:50 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. The United States on Friday urged the interim government in Mali to outline a roadmap for elections "without delay" to make a quick restoration of elected civilian governance in the West African nation, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement that Washington supports a UN Security Council resolution adopted on Thursday to give full support to the efforts by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union to restore a democratic government in Mali.

He called for a roadmap for elections "without delay" to begin preparations so as to restore democratically elected civilian governance in Mali by May 2013, as set forth by the ECOWAS.

"We reiterate our call for the military-led National Committee for the Restoration of Democracy to be dissolved and for its members to refrain from any interference in political matters and in the work of the transitional authorities," Nuland said.

"We call on the rebel groups in northern Mali to renounce any connection with terrorist groups and enter into legitimate political negotiations," she added.

The military junta in Mali seized power on March 22, triggering a crisis in which the Tuareg rebels carved up the country’s north and declared an independent Azawad state.
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