Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today (18 August) on the situation in Mali:
The reports that have reached us from Mali today fill us with great concern. We strongly condemn the attempt to bring about an unconstitutional takeover of power by the military in Mali. We support the calls made by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union and the European Union to restore the constitutional order. The soldiers must return to their barracks and the members of the Government released from detention. We call on all sides to refrain from further violence in the interests of a peaceful, stable and democratic and democratic Mali. The people in the country have already experienced too much violence in recent years. Today’s events are not conducive to greater stability or social reconciliation.
According to a number of reports, insurgent soldiers seized control of a military base in Kati (approximately 15 km from Bamako) on 18 August, striking out from there towards the capital. Several members of the Government were detained at the base. According to the insurgent soldiers, they include President Boubacar Keïta and Prime Minister Boubou Cissé.