UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council condemned on
Tuesday the arrest of Mali's prime minister by members of the army, which led to
his resignation and complicates international efforts to push out Islamist
extremists in the country's north.
Mali Prime Minister Cheick Modibo
Diarra was arrested and forced to resign on Tuesday by soldiers who staged a
coup in March, underscoring the military's continuing grip despite giving way to
a civilian president and prime minister in April under international
"The members of the Security Council express their readiness to
consider appropriate measures, including targeted sanctions, against those who
prevent the restoration of the constitutional order and take actions that
undermine stability in Mali," the 15-member council said in a
Once a beacon of democracy in West Africa, Mali has been mired
in crisis since the coup, when ethnic Tuareg rebels and al Qaida-linked Islamist
fighters took advantage of the chaos to seize the northern two-thirds of the
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