29 March 2012 Last updated at 21:52 GMT Ecowas gives Mali leaders ultimatum to relinquish power Protesters in Bamako rallied in support of the coup and against "foreign interference" West African nations have given the leaders of a coup in Mali 72 hours to relinquish power or face sanctions. Ecowas said the proposed measures included closing all land borders and freezing Mali's assets. The leaders met in Ivory Coast, after earlier plans for talks with the coup leaders in the Malian capital, Bamako, were abandoned as coup supporters occupied the airport's runway. Mali's neighbours have already told the junta to step aside. They have placed a peacekeeping force on standby. Northern insurgency The president of the commission of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, told reporters that if the deadline was not met, all the 15 countries of the bloc would deny Mali access to their ports, and there would be no transfers to commercial banks in Mali from the regional central bank. BBC Captain Sanogo kazi anayo!