The European Union has suspended its two training missions in Mali after last week’s military takeover that removed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from power.

E.U. defense ministers met in Berlin on Wednesday and discussed the situation in Mali. It was decided that E.U. military training will continue in neighboring Niger and Burkina Faso, officials said.

The missions in Mali were suspended because they were designed to support “the legitimate national authorities [of Mali],” one E.U. official said. The two missions were training Mali’s army and police as part of international efforts to stabilize the country.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg. 

Mali’s military leaders and West African mediators are discussing a possible transitional government, which would allow the E.U. to eventually resume training in partnership with the United Nations. The threat from Islamic jihadists continues to grow and despite the influx of European military personnel, the situation is far from stabilized. 

Last week, the head of the military leaders that removed President Keita from power addressed the media that were brought to the Kati military base. 

“I am Colonel Assimi Goïta, president of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People [CNSP]. Mali is in a situation of socio-political and security crisis. We no longer have the right to make mistakes. By making this intervention yesterday, we have put the country above [everything]. Mali first,” said Colonel Goïta.

Mali’s new military leadership during a press interview.

The military has denied earlier reports according to which it planned on transitionally ruling for three years until a civilian government could take over.