On Tuesday, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United Sates ambassador to the UN rejected the five-year transition proposal of the Malian ruling junta saying it was not in the interest and extends the pain of the people of the country. “We urge the transitional government to keep its pledge to the Malian people to return their country to democracy. It is what the people of Mali have asked for. It’s what they want. It is what they deserve,” Thomas-Greenfield told fellow members of the UN Security Council. AfricaNews reports that The United States, The United Kingdom, and France joined with some African countries in supporting ECOWAS’ sanctions but Russia and China eventually blocked the Council from stating its support to the embargo.