GENEVA / MALI

30-Mar-2012 00:01:48
The UN Secretary General's Special Representative for West Africa said today that he hoped that if sanctions were imposed on Mali they won't affect the general population. CH UNTV
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STORY: GENEVA / MALI
TRT: 1.48
SOURCE: CH UNTV
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 30 MARCH 2012, GENEVA
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1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Said Djinnit, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for West Africa:
“I hope that the sanctions will not affect the population because the concern of the leadership in Ecowas is definitely not to affect the population but just impose sanctions that could make the junta change its position."
4. Cutaway, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Said Djinnit, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for West Africa:
“Mali and the people of Mali have more chance of addressing their serious problems of security, both the food crisis and rebellion, the political problem posed by the rebellion in the north, within a democratic dispensation. The military coup is not a solution to the critical problems faced by the people of Mali, both food security and the political problems, challenges in the north."
6. Cutaway, journalist typing
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Said Djinnit, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for West Africa:
“Within the political class and the civil society it’s clear from a number of reactions that the overall and the overwhelming majority of the political class and civil society have issued statements in which they strongly rejected and condemned the coup d’etat."
8. Cutaway, Journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Said Djinnit, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for West Africa:
“I cannot expect the people of Mali in their vast majority, which enjoyed 20 years of democracy, could support the coup d’etat in Mali."
10. Wide shot, press briefing
STORYLINE
The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General for West Africa said today (30 March) at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva he hoped that if sanctions are imposed on Mali they won’t affect the general population.

Said Djinnit was speaking following the announcement that the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) had given leaders of the coup in Mali 72 hours to relinquish power or face sanctions, which include closing land borders and freezing the country’s assets.

Djinnit said he didn’t expect the majority of people in Mali to support the coup d’etat, having enjoyed 20 years of democracy. He also said that the military coup was not a solution to the critical problems faced by the country, which include food security and the rebellion in the north.
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