UN strongly condemns coup d'état in Mali

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The Security Council is condemning a coup in Mali by soldiers that pushed the democratically-elected president out.

The 15 member body wants to insure his safety, as well as the release of all detained Malian officials.

While the Malian President's whereabouts are unknown, according to news reports the rebels say he is safe.

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe briefed the Council on Thursday.

“This is a long running insurgency effort by people that have been trying to break away. Clearly for us and everyone else the territorial integrity of Mali is very important and clearly the military has been loosing ground up there and is one of the things that has been fueling discontent.”

The UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) says there are no major reports of population movement and the human rights office also says there are no major human rights abuses reported yet.

Duration: 22″

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