Summary: 22 March 2012, Brussels - Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, made today the following statement on the coup d'état in Mali:
"I condemn the apparent coup d'état in Bamako and the suspension of the republican institutions of Mali. I call for the reestablishment of the constitutional order and the holding of democratic elections as soon as possible. I reaffirm the commitment of the European Union to democratic principles, rule of law, and military subordination to the civil power.
In this crucial period for Mali, marked by a rebellion in the North, I call on all parties to show responsibility to ensure respect for human life, fundamental freedoms and the integrity of the country."