Posted by: africanpressorganization | 23 August 2008

Mauritania / Arrest of the prime minister / Statement by the French government


Mauritania / Arrest of the prime minister / Statement by the French government



NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania, August 23, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The arbitrary arrest of Yahya Ould el-Waghef, constitutional prime minister of Mauritania, is unacceptable. We demand his immediate and unconditional release.


We call for the prompt return to constitutional order and, as the essential precondition, the immediate liberty and return to office of President Abdallahi, elected democratically in March 2007, with whom our ambassador in Nouakchott was able to speak last night.


This position is shared by the international community which is unanimous in its condemnation of the coup and in its demands, as shown by the statements on the political situation in Mauritania from the European Commission, the African Union and the UN Security Council president.


We support the proposal of EU Development and Aid Commissioner Louis Michel to begin consultations under article 96 of the Cotonou Accord.

This procedure could lead to the suspension of European aid.


We also support the mission of African Union Commission President Jean Ping who will travel to Nouakchott on Monday, August 25.


We urge the military junta and all the Mauritanian political leaders to cooperate as quickly as possible with the African Union, the European Union and the international community to find a swift solution to the crisis.

SOURCE : France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs



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