The African Union refuses to recognize the independence of the region of Azawad, proclaimed sovereign by Tuareg rebels in northern Mali on Friday, the Western media reported quoting Jean Ping, Chairman of the Committee of the African Union .
M.Ping described as “null and worthless” the proclamation of independence of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), and called the entire international community to fully support this policy position of the 54 member countries of the African Union.
The MNLA has in turn urged the international community to immediately recognize the independence of the region, citing the right of peoples to self-determination under the UN Charter.
The Tuareg have become very active in northern Mali after the coup on March 22. They took control of three major northern cities, including Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal. March 30, the junta leader Amadou Sanogo described the situation in the region of “critical” and urged foreign states to provide military aid to his country.