The ECOWAS Commission has been following the unfolding events in Bamako, the
capital of Mali, with dismay and mounting concern, following the mutiny by a
section of the military at the Kati Barracks on the outskirts of the capital
on 21 March 2012.
The disturbances sparked by elements within the armed forces are all the more
reprehensible, coming amidst the on-going regional and international efforts
to seek a peaceful solution to the rebellion in the north of the country, and
a day after a special ministerial session of the AU Peace and Security Council
on the matter ended in Bamako.
ECOWAS strongly condemns the misguided actions of the mutineers and warns that
it will not condone any recourse to violence as a means of seeking redress.
The Commission wishes to remind the military of its responsibility under the
Constitution, and to reiterate ECOWAS’ policy of “Zero Tolerance” for any
attempt to obtain or maintain power by unconstitutional means.
ECOWAS is closely monitoring developments in the country and will respond
appropriately to any attempts to further disturb the precarious security
H.E. Désiré Kadré OUEDRAOGO
President of the ECOWAS Commission Abuja, 2