Security Council voices concern following arrest of Malian Prime Minister

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The Security Council has condemned the arrest of Mali's Prime Minister by members of the armed forces.

In a statement on Tuesday, Council members stressed that such action contravenes repeated calls for the military to cease interfering in the work of the country's transitional authorities.

Cheick Modibo Diarra was arrested on Monday in the capital, Bamako, prompting the resignation of the government.

The Security Council has expressed its readiness to consider appropriate measures, including sanctions, against those who take actions to undermine stability in the West African country.

Members also stated their commitment to authorizing deployment of an African-led International Support Mission in Mali.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has also urged the country's leaders to resolve issues through peaceful means.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 52″

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