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General News of Saturday, 24 March 2012

Source: GNA

Ghana condemns coup in Mali

Ghana has condemned the unwarranted military seizure of power in Mali.

She has therefore, joined ECOWAS and AU in demanding that the military junta, the National Committee for the Rectification of Democracy and Restoration of the State, and its leader, Captain Amadou Aya Sanogo, take immediate steps to relinquish power and return Mali to legality and constitutional rule.

A statement issued in Accra by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration also called on the junta to respect human rights and ensure the security of President Amadou Toumani Toure, members of his Government and family, as well as the entire population including foreign nationals.

It said Ghana is closely monitoring the evolving political and security situation in Mali and stands ready and willing to concert efforts with other members of ECOWAS and AU as well as the wider international community in finding a resolute solution to the unwelcome development in the interest of democracy, peace and security.

The statement said President John Evans Atta Mills will attend an Extraordinary Summit of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on Mali in Abidjan on Tuesday, to deliberate on the recent development.