The United Nations (U.N.) has called on Mali’s ruling junta to announce an election timetable amid anger over its suggestion of staying in power for five years before holding a vote.
“I am working with the ECOWAS and the African Union to create conditions which can allow the government of Mali to adopt a reasonable and acceptable position to accelerate a transition which has already been underway for a long time,” he added noting that the move could bring back a sense of normalcy in relations between Mali and the international community, ECOWAS in particular.
In a sharp escalation after months of diplomatic tensions, ECOWAS last week agreed to shut borders with the Sahel state and impose a trade embargo.
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