4 Africa presidents turn back from Mali

RUKMINI CALLIMACHI Associated Press Published:

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- An adviser to Ivory Coast's president says a plane carrying four African presidents that was going to Bamako to negotiate with the junta that seized power in Mali last week is now headed back to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, with the heads of state aboard.

The adviser says he could not explain why the plane with the presidents aboard turned around. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not permitted to speak to the press.

Presidents from Ivory Coast, Benin, Niger and Burkina Faso were to meet with the army captain that led the coup last week. The West African bloc, ECOWAS, is threatening military force if Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo doesn't step down.