UK Minister for Africa, James Duddridge has expressed support for regional efforts to encourage a return to democratic and constitutional rule in Mali.
In a statement, Duddridge said ‘the UK reiterates its condemnation of the coup in Mali, and of the detention and forced resignation of members of the Government of Mali. We call again for the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all those detained.
We note ECOWAS’ decision to suspend Mali after the coup and we echo ECOWAS’ emphasis on the need to deliver the transition process which started nine months ago. It is vital for the sake of Mali and the region that democratic, constitutional rule is restored within the agreed time-frame and that the conditions set out by ECOWAS are fulfilled. We stand ready to support efforts to monitor progress and to ensure there is no further deviation from the agreed plan for transition.
We also underline the importance of renewed commitment to making progress on the broader priorities set out by the transitional government, including efforts to tackle impunity and drive forward progress on the Malian peace process.