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'Military intervention in Mali inevitable'

2012-12-05 09:21

Paris - The chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States spoke on Tuesday in favour of a timely military operation against the Islamic rebels in northern Mali.

"Political dialogue is certainly necessary, but a military intervention appears inevitable to me," Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, who heads the regional group, said after a meeting with French President Francois Hollande in Paris.

Negotiations should begin "as soon as possible", said Ouattara, whose country borders on Mali.

Ouattara has asked the UN Security Council to authorise a mission. African troops are standing by, he said.

Northern Mali has been ruled by a radical Islamist group since a military coup in early 2012. The militants are seeking to establish a theocracy in the region.

With support from the European Union, Ecowas is planning to intervene militarily to oust the rebels. The lack of a UN mandate has been the diplomatic stumbling block.

European states want to dispatch advisers for the Malian army, but these troops would not participate directly in the military operation.

An Hollande spoksperson said the French president shared Ouattara's views on Mali.

Comments
  • mmoledis - 2012-12-05 10:55

    UN should not hesitate on taking some resolutions and decissions because it is the one that should have by now have already sent troops to Mali to oust rebels there and get that country in order again so if they ddelay it seems there is some thing wrong about it. If UN delays then why should AU delay? they should take action themselves as this is an African crisis and shall report to UN which is anti African later while job is done, UN is quick to act when there is some thing they want for the interest of their countries the so called five premanent members but if not they drug their feet,like they are doing with Mali now,they were quick to act against Libya but with Syria and Mali they are druging their feet , again they are in DRC but rebels manage to take Goma, why cant they sent their strong forces there if they are peacekeepers of the world.

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