UN / MALI UPDATE

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The spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) reiterated “its strong condemnation of the arrest of President Bah N’Daw, and Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane, as well as some other of their colleagues,” stressing that “this action has serious consequences for Mali and the region as a whole.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 25 MAY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

25 MAY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric at the dais
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Our colleagues in the UN Peacekeeping Mission there continue to monitor the latest developments and reiterate its strong condemnation of the arrest of President Bah N’Daw, and Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane, as well as some other of their colleagues. This action has serious consequences for Mali and the region as a whole. Our colleagues are seeking to gain access to those detained as soon as possible and to ascertain their conditions of their detention and obtain guarantees of their fundamental rights and freedoms, as enshrined in international human rights law.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Secretary-General is continuing to follow the evolving situation very closely. He is being briefed on the latest development. Mr. Guterres continues to call for calm and for the immediate release of detained civilian leaders of the Malian transition. We are working closely with the Economic Commission of West African States - ECOWAS, and of course the African Union and all other international actors that are supporting the ongoing political transition in Mali.”
7. Med shot, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The local committee monitoring the transition which brings together the UN Peacekeeping Mission, ECOWAS and the African Union, expressed their deep concern at the ongoing situation. They were joined in this statement by members of the international community, including France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the European Union. They also stressed that the members of the military who are detaining them will be held personally responsible for their security of the civilian leaders. They also reaffirmed their firm support for the transitional authorities and called for the transition to resume its course and to be concluded on schedule. Through this statement they welcomed the arrival of an ECOWAS delegation in Bamako, that is supposed to happen today, and asked for their full cooperation in efforts to achieve the immediate resumption of the normal course of the transition.”
9. Wide shot, press room

STORYLINE:

The spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today (25 May) said the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) reiterated “its strong condemnation of the arrest of President Bah N’Daw, and Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane, as well as some other of their colleagues,” stressing that “this action has serious consequences for Mali and the region as a whole.”

the spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said the Mission is “seeking to gain access to those detained as soon as possible and to ascertain their conditions of their detention and obtain guarantees of their fundamental rights and freedoms, as enshrined in international human rights law.”

Secretary-General António Guterres, the spokesperson said, called for “calm and for the immediate release of detained civilian leaders of the Malian transition.”

For its part, Dujarric said, the local committee monitoring the transition (MINUSMA, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU), “expressed their deep concern at the ongoing situation. “

In a joint statement together with France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union, the spokesperson said, “they also stressed that the members of the military who are detaining them will be held personally responsible for their security of the civilian leaders.”

He added that they “called for the transition to resume its course and to be concluded on schedule.”

An ECOWAS delegation is expected to arrive in Bamako today.
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