U.S. suspends aid to Mali after coup
Mali junta leader Captain Amadou Sanogo (L) speaks to his fellow soldiers at the Kati Military camp, in a suburb of Bamako, on March 22, 2012.
March 26th, 2012
04:26 PM ET

U.S. suspends aid to Mali after coup

By Jamie Crawford

The United States suspended a portion of its aid to Mali in light of last week's coup in the West African nation, the State Department said Monday.

"We have now taken the decision to suspend our assistance to the government of Mali pending a resolution of the situation on the ground," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters. "We want to see the elected government restored as quickly as possible."

Three senior African diplomats stranded in Mali by last week's military coup have been safely evacuated, the African Union announced Monday.

The foreign ministers of Kenya and Zimbabwe were flown out on an airplane provided by the government of Kenya, while the Tunisian secretary of state flew out with a group Tunisian nationals who lived and worked in Mali, the group said.

The diplomats were in Bamako, Mali, for a meeting of the African Union's Peace and Security Council when the coup began, trapping them in the city, the group said.

When African Union Commission chief Jean Ping spoke by telephone with Capt. Amadou Sanogo, the junta leader "promised to ensure the security and safe evacuation of the officials," the African Union said.

Sanogo's soldiers usurped power last week, wresting control of the nation from President Amadou Toumani Toure.

Ping also asked Sanogo about Toure's location and condition, the group said. He "reiterated the need to ensure his safety and the immediate return of the country to constitutional legality," it said.

The United States is suspending assistance on a government-to-government level, Nuland said. Food and humanitarian aid, mostly administered by the U.S. Agency for International Development, would not be affected by the announcement, she said.

The United States gives Mali's government roughly $140 million in aid each year. Approximately half of that sum is dedicated to food humanitarian assistance, Nuland said. "I am expecting somewhere in the neighborhood of $60 (million) to $70 million in assistance will be suspended," she said.

The country is seen by many Western governments as a crucial ally in the fight against the regional affiliate off-shoot of al Qaeda.

The African Union suspended Mali's membership in the group following the coup, and the State Department has warned against travel to the country.

Post by:
Filed under: Africa • Al Qaeda • State Department
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. test site

    Incredible points. Great discussions. Maintain the amazing work. test site http://testdomain.com

    March 15, 2013 at 9:32 am | Reply
  2. Victor

    Hey! Quick question that's toltaly off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My weblog looks weird when viewing from my iphone4. I'm trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to correct this issue. If you have any suggestions, please share. Appreciate it!

    May 21, 2012 at 9:18 am | Reply

    lol, that unfair jugement should be reverse.

    March 27, 2012 at 2:37 am | Reply

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.