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The United Nations, UN says it is important for Mali’s military leaders to announce an acceptable timeline for civilian elections.

UN Secretary General António Guterres, who gave the advice, explained that he was working with the West African regional bloc, Ecowas, and the African Union to create conditions that could allow Mali to adopt a reasonable position for a quick transition.

Guterres added that he also hoped to speak soon with the Malian government.

It would be recalled that ECOWAS has imposed tough sanctions on Mali after the military government announced a long delay to the elections originally planned for February. This includes a range of trade sanctions and land and air border closures. The European Union on Thursday also said it would impose sanctions on Mali.

The move is coming came after Mali’s interim government proposed staying in power for up to five years before staging elections, flouting international demands that it respect a promise to hold elections on February 27.

Mali’s army initially vowed to hold elections in February of this year, after staging a coup in August 2020.