AU calls on Nato for Mali force

2013-01-08 22:16

Ottawa - African Union chair Thomas Boni Yayi on Tuesday called for Nato troops to join African Union forces in a mission to stabilise Mali following a coup last year.

"Nato should play a part [in Mali], and the African force would lead the way as was done by Nato in Afghanistan," Yayi, who is also Benin's president, told a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Harper, however, said: "The Canadian government is not considering a direct military mission" in Mali.

Canada's defence minister, Peter MacKay, had previously suggested that Canadian military trainers could be sent to Mali to bolster its army in a fight with Islamist rebels.

Harper said only that Ottawa would continue to provide humanitarian aid and work diplomatically with its Nato allies and "friends in Africa" to try to stabilise Mali.

"Obviously we are very concerned about the situation, and the development of essentially an entire terrorist region is of grave concern to everybody in the international community," Harper told the press conference.

The UN Security Council last month approved sending an African-led military force to reconquer the north of Mali from Islamist militants.

The UN resolution gave the African-led force an initial one-year mandate to use "all necessary measures" to help Mali's government take back territory seized in the wake of a March coup from "terrorist, extremist and armed groups."

But the 15-member council said military force can only be used after political efforts had been exhausted. It insisted that the military plans would have to be refined and approved before any offensive started.

Al-Qaeda linked groups and other Islamists that have taken over regions in northern Mali have imposed a brutal form of shari' ah law.

In response, West African nations have put together a force of some 3 300 troops ready to go to Mali to help rebuild the country's army and support a military operation, which is not expected to start before September next year.

  • ft.burhaak - 2013-01-08 23:23

    'Brutal form of Sharia law'? Its amazing the hogwash pretexts that they create to go to war with Islamic Controlled regions.I didnt hear of people being attacked by garden folks,and multiple rapes in gardens,and mass school shootings etc.,due to that 'brutal Sharia Law'! - 2013-01-09 02:26

      You don't get it do you? People don't want to live under the farce that is Sharia law whether it's brutal or not. And as expected, you used the stupid go to argument of pointing out a speck in the West's eye, when there is this massive log in Islam's proverbial eye. Look no further than Syria to see how happy your religion is. Nice chip by the way.

      ft.burhaak - 2013-01-09 05:48

      @otis. Its always so convenient to fixate on an isolated conflict involving muslims in 1 region to justify an act of aggression on them in another,isnt it?And if u are unaware that the Syria conflict is a manipulated one,then you are well detached from reality.Secondly:on what mandate merit are you pointing out the peoples likes and dislikes in that region. I apologise that Sharia Law traumatises u so much for being brutal to murderers,rapists,gang rapists,baby rapists,old lady rapists,child molesteres,serial killers etc, or would u prefer Sharia law to sit down and have a cup of coffee with them??Maybe while u condemning Sharia law you can also get NATO to attack some superpowers who exersize 'brutal' capital punishment laws??The likes of you are unable to resolve violent crime thats out of the roof in many African countries ,but u have time to attack and condemn Malis effective preventative measures.Hypocricy deluxe!

      ft.burhaak - 2013-01-09 05:53

      Sorry i meant @osiris.

      Gorden Norman - 2013-01-09 06:11

      To justify sharia law is just madness what about honour killings or is that also a farce and they do not take place

      ft.burhaak - 2013-01-09 07:32

      God says in the Quran 'if the truth was in accordance with mans desires,everything in the Heavens and Earth would have been corrupted'.You accuse Sharia law of being a farce,when in our present law,there is rife corruption,abuse of power,unaccountability,rape,murder,child abuse,incestual rape,robbery and hijacking astronomical road deaths,suicide and u want to call Sharia law a farce??Can i ask you where you would allow a female family member of yours to walk freely at midnight,Dubai or Johannesburg?

      gorden.norman - 2013-01-09 07:43

      My question was what about honour killings or is it a farce and they do not occur. You dodged the question as usual. Now heres one for you, will you kill you wife or daughter for being raped to honour your family. To answer your question neither.

      ft.burhaak - 2013-01-09 11:45

      @GordenNorman.Those 'honour killings' are unjust and have no relation to Sharia Law.My whole point that im trying to make is that every region is confined to its own context and culture,and mutual respect has to be created.You cant wage war everytime some religion,creed or culture differs from others.If some loonies think that raping babies cures aids,is it fair to blame the African culture for it?Im not trying to enforce Sharia Law anywhere.It can only be enforced in an Islamic environment with Islamic infrustructure with Sharia compliant laws and courts.If their syrtem works for them ,let them be.

  • ft.burhaak - 2013-01-08 23:28

    Clean ur own backyards first,people in glass houses musnt throw stones! - 2013-01-09 02:27

      Like you're doing right now?

      ft.burhaak - 2013-01-09 13:30

      That 'chip' story has been played to the bone.Rather come up with something more original.please dnt make ur assumptions into fact.Even if my 'chips' were stacked up to heaven,is it effecting ur life in any way?And if u cant play with the 'chips', get out of the casino!

  • francois.smith.7 - 2013-01-08 23:54

    So what happened to the right to self determination? What happened to African solutions for African problems? Can the honourable Thabo Mbeki please speak up? That is a side note. How many fellow Africans must die, before the world thinks it is serious enough to act?

      walter.o.latham - 2013-01-09 05:15

      I seem to recall the AU shouting and screaming at NATO and the UN for interfering in "African affairs" when Gaddafi was overthrown! Bit contradictory isn't it???

      unbann.fidel - 2013-01-09 08:08

      As Far as Mali is concerned, Nato is responsible for the chaos and instability that is happening in the Maghreb. It helped bring about that situation by proliferating the place with weapons and its support of Jihadists and Islamists which were useful in its imperial quest. Russia warned them about this chaos and instability, as had happened in Afghanistan, Iraq, and they want to do the same thing in Syria.

      francois.smith.7 - 2013-01-09 09:26

      I cannot recall mentioning the "west". I think I mentioned the "world"?

      omo.naija.750 - 2013-01-09 09:30

      francois.smith.7 - Please read up ,you obviously don't know anything about the history of Mali.Your so called west is responsible for the problem they are facing right now.The west never learns,they arm rebels then 10 years down the line they have to come back and uproot those rebels. The USA created Al Qaeda, did they not? So what are you on about. You can't keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. case in point: Afghanistan, Libya and Egypt.Libya never had foreign debt but thanks to NATO and the west ,their debt is piling up by the day and country is over run by Islamic rebels.These leaders calling for NATO are puppets with no back bone. Whatever NATO and the west touches becomes ruined.Before 9/11 there was hardly any terrorist activity in Africa but thanks to the USA and it's war on terror Africa is now swarming with Islamic rebels ready to go war.You see the west only contributes chaos to Africa while China contributes investments.So who the evil one here?

  • unbann.fidel - 2013-01-09 07:59

    Nato was established for the defense of Europe and it should stick to that! This is what these silk tie wearing ignoramuses are good at, abdicating their responsibilities to others.

  • michael.tetley.35 - 2013-01-09 08:40

    African states are always trumpeting their independence ( fifty years or more ). Therefore, clean up your own messes and stop asking the west for help and handouts. Independence means just that, sorting things out for yourself! It also means accepting responsibility for one's actions, or the lack thereof.

      unbann.fidel - 2013-01-09 08:56

      When colonialism "ended", the big Western powers could not afford to keep their hands completely off their colonies, thus, they continued to influence politics and developments in these regions where their political and economic relationship was based on their colonial ties on multilateral relations and engagements. The impact of colonialism, and the subsequent relationship and exchange between Africa and the West has seen the continent moved from post independent political and economic hope for prosperity to despair and dependence on the West. This dependence in political processes and economic development and sustainability has continued to preserve the continent as a poor and devastate region of the globe. Even foreign aid with conditions for Africa which according to the west should help steer Africa off poverty and underdevelopment has produce the opposite due to the economic interest of the West behind it and the accompliceship of pliable African "leaders". It's called Neo colonialism, i.e colonialism sub-contracted!

      unbann.fidel - 2013-01-09 09:00

      Any attempt to end this corruption is met with the usual array of sanctions and wars in order to restore this corrupt relationship. Africa is right where the West want her to be, in disarray, confusion and underdeveloped, which is why the west, especially the US, Britain and France have been making a lot of noise regarding Africa's engagement with China, because the Chinese give Africans an alternative and choice.

  • michael.tetley.35 - 2013-01-09 08:47

    @unbann.fidel. Almost all the weaponry floating around the region is of Soviet era or Russian origin. Maybe your vitriol is misdirected. This can easily be verified by actually looking at the television news reports coming out of the region, Al Jazeera included. By the way the Chinese also make a lot of this weaponry under license as well as their own copies.

      unbann.fidel - 2013-01-09 09:27

      It matters not where the weapons come. Both the US and British alphabet agencies use "foreign secret weapons" for their black ops. They have thousands of these weapons stashed in almost every country in their safe houses. They also source weapons bought legally from their allies in the Middle East and Central Asia, as being used in Syria now. The Mujaheddin in Afghanistan used Soviet made weapons while fighting against the Soviets. Do you want to tell me that the Russians supplied them with those weapons. Wake up and open your blue eyes blinded by mainstream propaganda, and thank me for bringing a small but powerful snippets of reality to your attention.

  • michael.tetley.35 - 2013-01-09 09:32

    The best thing to happen to Africa, and especially sub-Saharan Africa was colonialism. Finally they had someone to blame for their state of underdevelopment ie. no indigenous written language, no technology such as the wheel, ocean going ships, aircraft, motor vehicles and all the modern conveniences etc. Things post colonial African leaders and critics of the west just can't seem to get enough of, the flashier the better!

      unbann.fidel - 2013-01-09 10:45

      You have no idea how nations develop. I admire your intellectual dishonesty by compartmentalising Africa into different regions, as if countries develop on their own. The stagnation and underdevelopment of Africa started in the 15th century with Slavery, when other regions (North and West) of Africa were in a advance stage of development, which would have filtered down to the Southern regions. "German explorer, Leo Frobenius, in ?African Civilisation, 1936, says: ?When they (European navigators in the Middle Ages) arrived in the Gulf of Guinea and landed at Vaida, the captains were astonished to find streets well cared for, bordered for several leagues in length by two rows of trees; for many days inhabited by men clad in brilliant costumes, the stuff of which they had woven themselves! More to the South in the kingdom of Congo, a swarming crowd dressed in silk and velvet; great sovereigns, rich industries ? civilized to the marrow of their bones?What was revealed by the navigators of the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries furnishes an absolute proof that Negro Africa, which extended south of the desert zone of the Sahara, was in full efflorescence, in all the splendour of harmonious and well-formed civilizations, an efflorescence which the European conquistadors annihilated as far as they progressed."

      unbann.fidel - 2013-01-09 10:52

      When the Dutch visited the city of Benin they described it thus: "The town seems to be very great. When you enter into it, you go into a great broad street, not paved, which seems to be seven or eight times broader than the Warmoes street in Amsterdam.... The king’s palace is a collection of buildings which occupy as much space as the town of Harlem, and which is enclosed with walls. There are numerous apartments for the Prince’s ministers and fine galleries, most of which are as big as those on the Exchange at Amsterdam. They are supported by wooden pillars encased with copper, where their victories are depicted, and which are carefully kept very clean." "The town is composed of thirty main streets, very straight and 120 feet wide, apart from an infinity of small intersecting streets. The houses are close to one another, arranged in good order. These people are in no way inferior to the Dutch as regards cleanliness; they wash and scrub their houses so well that they are polished and shining like a looking-glass." The idea of the uncivilised African is a European invention which has consequently prevailed in Europe and white South Africa, judging by your ignorance. The only good thing about colonialism is when it ended!

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