Mali's coup leader has rejected the intervention of foreign troops in the rebel-held north - and hinted at his continuing role in ruling the country.
The comments come just days after a deal was brokered that is supposed to return the West African state to constitutional rule.
The parliamentary speaker is to be sworn in this week as interim president and the junta hand over power.
Mali was plunged into crisis after a separatist uprising that led to a coup.
The putsch, led by Capt Amadou Sanogo, took place nearly three weeks ago amid accusations from the army that the government had not done enough to suppress the insurrection in the north that began in January.
Since the coup, key towns in northern Mali have fallen to Tuareg separatist rebels and their Islamist allies.
'Slap in the face'
The West African regional bloc Ecowas has said it is preparing a force of up to 3,000 soldiers, which could be deployed to wrest back control of the north.
Last week, Capt Sanogo formally asked for Ecowas's help in defeating the rebels, but in televised remarks on Monday night he said he was only asking for equipment and logistical support.
Journalist Martin Vogl in the capital Bamako told the BBC West African mediators have told him that they are annoyed at his latest comments - and see Capt Sanogo's rejection of boots on the ground as a slap in the face.
Sometimes called the Blue People because the indigo used in some traditional robes and turbans dye their skins dark blue
Historically nomadic Berber people who live in the Sahara and Sahel regions of Libya, Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali, which they call Azawad
When camels were introduced into the Sahara 2,000 years ago, the Tuareg became the main operators of the trans-Saharan caravan trade in commodities such as salt and gold.
Lost out when trade switched to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Tuareg in Mali say they face discrimination because they are light-skinned and have been neglected by the government in far-off Bamako
They prefer to call themselves themselves the Kel Tamasheq or speakers of Tamasheq - their language which has its own alphabet.