5 Apr 2012

Sanctions to be imposed on new Mali leaders

5:37 am on 5 April 2012

The African Union has announced sanctions against the new military leadership in Mali and on armed rebel groups who have seized control in the north of the country.

The measures include an immediate travel ban and asset freeze.

The sanctions add to those imposed by the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, on Monday.

Army officers deposed President Amadou Toumani Toure two weeks ago, saying he had not done enough to fight a separatist rebellion by Tauregs in the north.

Since then, the government has lost control of key northern towns.

Also on Wednesday, the UN Security Council called for an end to hostilities in northern Mali and a return to constitutional rule.